The triumphant conclusion to Elizabeth Chadwick's masterful Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy
Eleanor of Aquitaine's powerful story is brought to a triumphant and beautiful close by much-loved author Elizabeth Chadwick in the trilogy that began with THE SUMMER QUEEN and continued in THE WINTER CROWN.
A loving mother. A betrayed wife. A queen beyond compare.
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.
Eleanor will need every ounce of courage and fortitude as she crosses the Alps in winter to bring Richard his bride, and travels medieval Europe to ransom her beloved son. But even her indomitable spirit will be tested to its limits as she attempts to keep the peace between her warring sons, and find a place in the centres of power for her daughters.
Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel you know you are in for a sumptuous ride. Beautifully strong characters and a real feel for time and place - Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph
Renowned historical novelist Chadwick tells this battle-of-the-sexes story from a woman's point of view - New York Post
Blends authentic period details with modern convention for emotional drama - Elizabeth Buchan, Mail on Sunday
Enjoyable and sensuous - Daily Mail
Meticulous research and strong storytelling...passions and scandals in the 12th-century - Woman & Home
Uses authentic period detail to bring to life a new queen and the drama and intrigue surrounding her - France Magazine
Much of Elizabeth Chadwick's research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, an early mediaeval re-enactment society with emphasis on accurately re-creating the past. She also tutors in the skill of writing historial and romantic fiction. She won a Betty Trask Award for The Wild Hunt and has been shortlisted for the RNA Awards four times.