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Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
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Blackstone Publishing 2010
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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.

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Alison Weir. (2010). Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Alison Weir. 2010. Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Blackstone Publishing.

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Alison Weir, Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Blackstone Publishing, 2010.

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Alison Weir. Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2010.

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