Eleanor of Aquitane

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The Summer Queen Summary

Eleanor of Aquitaine's story deserves to be legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before, unveiling the real Eleanor. Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood is over.

Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to being crowned King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court. She is only 13.Barely out of childhood, and forced to deal with great scandals, fraught relationships and forbidden love at every turn, Eleanor finally sees what her future could hold if she could just seize the moment. Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Summer Queen is the first novel in a stunning new trilogy.

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  • Book 1

    • The Summer Queen

    • Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183

    Eleanor of Aquitaine's story deserves to be legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before, unveiling the real Eleanor. Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully written & a joy to listen to.

    • By Diane on 26-07-13

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 2

    • The Winter Crown

    • Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What about the rest

    • By Jennifer Berry on 16-10-15

    Regular price: £17.99

  • Book 3

    • The Autumn Throne

    • Eleanor of Aquitaine, Book 3
    • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    England, 1176. Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England, refuses to let her powerful husband bully her into submission, even as he forces her away from her children and her birthright. Freed only by Henry's death, Eleanor becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • what a woman!

    • By Caroline Munday on 05-10-16

    Regular price: £19.99