The epic first novel in a magnificent trilogy unveiling the fascinating and misunderstood young queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine - history's most powerful woman
'An author who makes history come gloriously alive' The Times
'Meticulous research and strong storytelling' Woman & Home
'A sumptuous ride' Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph
Eleanor of Aquitaine
A loving mother. A betrayed wife. A queen beyond compare.
Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over eight hundred years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, bestselling novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before.
Young, vibrant, privileged, Eleanor's future is golden as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood ends abruptly. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, Eleanor is still struggling to adjust to her new role when Louis' father dies and they become King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, the vivacious Eleanor must face the complex and faction-riddled French court. She is only 13.
Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Summer Queen is the first novel in a stunning trilogy from award-winning and much-loved author Elizabeth Chadwick
The next two books - The Winter Crown and The Autumn Throne - are available to buy NOW in paperback and ebook.
Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick
'Enjoyable and sensuous' Daily Mail
'Stunning grasp of historical details... Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable' Barbara Erskine
'Renowned historical novelist Chadwick tells this battle-of-the-sexes story from a woman's point of view' New York Post
Meticulous research and strong storytelling. The first in a trilogy about the passions and scandals in the 12th-century French court - Woman & Home
You are in for a sumptuous ride - Daily Telegraph
Uses authentic period detail to bring to life a new queen and the drama and intrigue surrounding her - France magazine
Enjoyable and sensuous - Daily Mail
Leaves the reader longing for part two - Good Book Guide
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.