It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this - if only Henry would let her.
Instead, Henry belittles and excludes her, falling for a young mistress and leaving Eleanor side-lined and angry. And as her sons become young men, frustrated at Henry's hoarding of power, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences. She knows how much Henry needs her, but does Henry know himself?
Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs, and tragedies, The Winter Crown is the much-awaited new novel in this trilogy and a rich, compelling story in its own right.
©2014 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2014 Isis Publishing
I'm hoping that there will be another book detailing the queens detainment and her sons battles with the king, the Kings eventual death in France and the rise of Richard, the lionheart. Eleanor was a formidable woman the wife of two kings and the mother to two kings of england
Well written and Elizabeth makes each scene cone to life, from the throbbing headache to the weather it is as if you the reader are there with the court, or on the ride and even in the rumbling cart carrying her into her imprisonment. Now I need to hear the next book in the life of this amazingly strong queen.
Light on historical details. I would have liked more depth in the historical sense. It's more like a historical romance
"Beautifully written and narrated"
characterization. she is wonderfully talented
i found myself "down in the dumps" when I finished the book. will listed again!
"This series is more romance novel than history."
Unfortunately this book feels more like a romance novel than good historical fiction. Eleanor of Aquitaine was a strong, heroic woman of the middle ages. She was twice queen consort. She was the mother of multiple kings. She was prisoner, thinker, leader. She suffered many devastating losses. She was superbly intriguing and is a perfect example of what it means to be a feminist. But in this series she often comes off as whiny and simpering. She is dependent rather than leader. I am surprised by all the five star reviews. I have read many better historical fiction novels, and several about Eleanor. Average at best.
Ms Scarfe doesnt help rescue the book either. Her interpretation enhances the bodice ripper aspects of the book. I listened to all three rather than returning them, but I would not waste your credits if you are hoping for a deeper analysis of the history and of Eleanor herself.
I am a sucker for historical fiction but I am very picky about the narration as well as the quality of writing. Elizabeth Chadwick did a fantastic job of bringing life to the characters and describing and pulling me into the challenges strong opinionated women faced in the twelfth century. I would recommend this to any lover of historical fiction, especially fans of Phillipa Gregory.
"Horrible fake children's voices"
I really enjoyed the predecessor to this book. I find Katie Scarfes voice very soothing. But this narration had a lot of fake irritating voices in it. It nearly ruined the book.
"Beautifully told historical fiction."
It's a well-told story with beautiful prose.
I was drawn into the time period.
The early years of Eleanor and Henry.
The narrator Katie Scarfe did a wonderful job. I would recommend beginning with The Summer Queen. I can't wait for the third book and the rest of Eleanor's life story!
Easily transported into the lives of the people involved in the story. I was unable to turn it off. Bring on the next one!
"Love this series!"
This book is the 2nd installment in the author's series on Eleanor of Aquitaine. These are the first books I've listened to by Elizabeth Chadwick and I absolutely love her writing style. Eleanor of Aquitaine was an extraordinary woman and I think she deserves a 3 book series. So-Ms. Chadwick, please get the last book ready to go! Katie Scarfe has a lovely voice, however her attempts at a masculine tone leave a little bit to be desired. It doesn't take away from the performance too much, but enough for me to rank it a 4.
"Continuation of Summer Queen"
This book helped me escape while running on the treadmill. If you liked the first book, you will definitely like the second book.
The only thing missing was a final chapter that sifted fact from fiction. I enjoyed that aspect of the first book and would have liked the same format for this book.
What a great read. I don't give many books a 5-star rating, but I did this one. Elizabeth Chadwick absolutely knows how to write English history and make an intriguing, you can't put it down book. Once I started this I found that I simply couldn't stop reading. You can literally see the pageantry of the courts, feel the family dynamics and feel the desolation when things go wrong for Eleanor. I have loved this series and simply can't wait for the next book.
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