The Book of Eleanor

The Book of Eleanor

A Novel

Book - 2002
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In pitch-perfect first-person narrative, The Book of Eleanor evokes the passion, intelligence, and political savvy of the remarkable woman known as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Not since Katharine Hepburn's Oscar-winning portrayal of Eleanor in The Lion in Winter has anyone captured the true nature of this dazzling and formidable woman, whose story of survival and strength continues to captivate us today.As the intoxicating story begins, Eleanor arrives at the ruined Welsh castle where she has been exiled to die in obscurity by her enraged husband, Henry II. As she sits to write her memoir, Eleanor's words weave the singular story of her life. Ruler of Aquitane at 15, she was thrust into the political and cultural spotlight as a result of her loveless marriages to two powerful kings. Now, she is determined to outlive her captor and triumph in the political sphere she loves.Fans of Pamela Kaufman's previous bestsellers, as well as readers of popular historical fiction like When We Were Gods and Rosalind Miles's Guenevere trilogy, will find this Eleanor a resonant, unforgettable heroine.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2002
ISBN: 9780609609064
Characteristics: 511 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm


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