Captive Queen

Captive Queen

A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Book - 2010
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For historical fiction readers, a tantalizing new novel from New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir about the passionate and notorious French queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Renowned for her highly acclaimed and bestselling British histories, Alison Weir has in recent years made a major impact on the fiction scene with her novels about Queen Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey. In this latest offering, she imagines the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the beautiful twelfth-century woman who was Queen of France until she abandoned her royal husband for the younger man who would become King of England. In a relationship based on lust and a mutual desire for great power, Henry II and Eleanor took over the English throne in 1154, thus beginning one of the most influential reigns and tumultuous royal marriages in all of history. In this novel, Weir uses her extensive knowledge to paint a most vivid portrait of this fascinating woman.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780385667081
Branch Call Number: WEIR
Characteristics: 478 p. : map, geneal. table ; 25 cm


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Feb 19, 2015

Honestly I couldn't finish it. The characters felt flat: Henry was childish from the get-go (with literally a temper tantrum out of nowhere), and Eleanor was supposedly a strong woman who obsessed about sex. I'm no prude, but I don't want to be bombarded by sex scenes in the first few pages, without character or plot development. I was already reading Sharon Kay Penman's books on the same characters, so I didn't push myself to finish this. Disappointing, considering Weir has so many good reviews. I wonder if I might have better luck with her non-fiction biographies.

Jan 03, 2014

An amazing book that is very enjoyable and also you learn a lot about many historical figures from Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry ll and even a young Richard the Lionheart. An amazing book and one Alison Weir's best!

PrimaGigi Oct 13, 2012

Where is Eleanor? She doesn't feel apart of the story. The feeling was, as if she is drifting back to memories of the past and recantation to her children. Eleanor continually expound on her husbands virtuality and prowess in bed. It seems as if she's doing a late century John Holmes. Henry is a even hollower characterization of an entitled noble. He just seems like an inflated arse, but do they love fracking each other and telling us about it every other comma.

snowbird922 Mar 08, 2012

For a first time reader of historical fiction I could not put this book down. Having however read some of the reviews on Amazon however have given me quite a surprise and in fact I thought some of them were rather harsh. Some readers seemed to have a problem with how Weir dealt with Eleanor's sexuality they think her writing made the Queen seem a bit of a floosy. I however did not take in the story that way I believe there was an immense passion she shared with her husband what wife doesn’t. And yes sorry but women do use their sex to get there way and I don’t only mean by giving it up. I found this story to have me quite enraptured with Eleanor and her strength as a woman trying to keep her family together and indeed I think she must have been a force to be reckoned with. In fact I can’t wait to read some more about her. I think Weir did an excellent job and I am looking forward to reading another book by her.

Jan 08, 2012

I have to admit that with book I did not get past the second chapter. This book did not appeal to me at all. I usually like Alison Weir's both fiction and nonfiction books but this one failed to grab me. My motto is that life is too short to waste on a book that doesn't interest me.

Jun 10, 2011

Alison Weir is probably one of the best writers of history and historical fiction around. She does a wonderful job of shedding light on the challenges facing women in theoretically powerful positions in the Middle Ages. If you've read Weir before you might find yourself wondering what happened to her writing style in the first 80 or so pages of this novel however; I found myself actually contemplating whether she'd turned over the first few chapters to someone else to write. Gradually the character development and attention to historical detail reveal this novel as a true Weir, and this novel makes you want to read her biography of Eleanor as well. A fascinating topic, and a page-turner of a novel! (Don't lose faith in those first 80 pages :))

Dec 21, 2010

A really enjoyable read. If you like historical novels, you won't be disappointed. It's refreshing to get the woman's point of view & you see another side of Eleanor. In other publications, she has been depicted as sly, cunning & manipulative & maybe she was. But here, you find out potential reasons why & what she was up against in a time where women held little value other than the dowries they brought to a marriage & the number of sons they could produce.
Lots of political intrigue & very well researched.

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