Captive Queen

Captive Queen

Alison Weir Rosalyn Landor / Aug 09, 2020
Captive Queen Renowned for her highly acclaimed and best selling 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
  • Title: Captive Queen
  • Author: Alison Weir Rosalyn Landor
  • ISBN: 9781441754707
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Renowned for her highly acclaimed and best selling 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 forRenowned for her highly acclaimed and best selling 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.
    Captive Queen A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir Apr , The Captive Queen follows Eleanor from her marriage to Henry II to his death, with an epilogue that breezes through Eleanor s last years As the title implies, much of the novel takes place after Eleanor, having helped her sons to rebel against their father, is imprisoned by a furious Henry. Captive Queen A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine Oct , Captive Queen A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine and millions of other books are available for instant access . Sold by CE_BOOKHOUSE and Fulfilled by . Captive Queen A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine Aug , Captive Queen tells the epic and dramatic tale of this strong and remarkable woman who held her own in a male dominated world Eleanor was queen first to Louis VII of France and then to Henry II of England Her lands comprised half of what is now France, making her the greatest heiress in Captive Queen A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Alison Weirs book Captive Queen is a fabricated story about Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II of England The story is sketchy and lacks authenticity, fluffed up with steamy love scenes and absurd dialogue that drain the integrity of the work. The Captive Queen review Rutter bows out with rhyming Feb , The plot hinges on the fact that a succession of men are driven wild by the intoxicating beauty of the captive queen, Indamora She is loved by The Captive Queen of Scots Mary, Queen of Feb , So begins Jean Plaidy s The Captive Queen of Scots, the epic tale of the Scottish Queen Mary Stuart, cousin to Queen Elizabeth of England After her husband, Lord Darnley, is murdered, suspicion falls on Mary and her lover, the Earl of Bothwell.
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      • Alison Weir Rosalyn Landor

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir born 1951 is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training college.


    1. Find my favorite quotes and follow reviews at flashlightcommentaryWhat makes a book a memorable reading experience For me it comes down to three things a good plot, interesting characters and compelling writing In reading the back cover, Weir s The Captive Queen appeared to have two of the three.Plot is the easy one here The story was already written and since Weir previously published a nonfiction biography on Eleanor, I am willing to bet she didn t look far for resources Eleanor s is a story [...]

    2. The book begins with Eleanor s divorce from King Louis of France It is known that she was quite the unfaithful wife and was not at all physically attracted to him She did her duty twice to breed an heir only to give birth to two daughters Louis, regardless of her behavior, was actually quite in love with Eleanor, but eventually acquiesced to her wishes Upon separation she reclaimed her duchy of Aquitaine Soon after she married King Henry of England, a man who also could meet her marital expectat [...]

    3. In this novel on the life of the indomitable Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir tells the story of a queen with a strong sexual passion for her husband, Henry, even as her marriage to him begins to disintegrate We are first introduced to Eleanor lasciviously recollecting her sexual experiences with three previous lovers while one of them, Geoffrey of Anjou, with his eighteen year old son Henry beside him, is paying homage to her current husband, Louis VII of France Eleanor conceives a sudden pass [...]

    4. Many reviewers have made such a big deal about Eleanor s sexuality in Captive Queen, but I frankly have no problem with it Eleanor did, after all, leave her first husband King Louis of France, for a younger, handsomer man and therefore a promising partner in the bedroom department , he who would later become King Henry II of England And Eleanor was not so righteous a woman as to divorce the King of France simply because she truly feared God s retribution Louis was a distant relative of Eleanor [...]

    5. Nope I don t care DNF, pg 140 some I m fine with the trashier aspects of this book though they re grossly inflated by outraged maiden aunt reviews y all need to unclutch those pearls, else you ll do yourselves an injury What I can t forgive is the trifecta o boredom 1 As you know, Bob Yeah, SO MUCH of that 2 Time gaps Great honkin ones 3 Inflation of minutiae at the expense of Important Things happening offscreen stuff like attacking castles, illness, pregnancies, wenching, etc But why bother wi [...]

    6. Eleanor of Aquitaine was first married to King Louis of France, but he was interested spending his time in prayers than with his wife She s not happy and extremely bored and when it s suggested that Louis finds a new wife to get much needed male heir she s not resisting Then she meets young Henry FitzEmpress and it s insta lust from the start After Eleanor gets her divorce from Louis she and Henry marries without permission.I m still wondering why I ever started this book and how I managed to f [...]

    7. Let me start by saying this is not a book for everyone.Being familiar with Ms Weir s previous novels, both the historical and the historical fiction, Captive Queen takes on the subject of a woman who lived a very interesting life Trying to condense everything that happened to Eleanor of Aquitaine and keep it interesting was a very large task.This is a fictional account, using what knowledge there is from surviving reports of the actual period of Eleanor s life, but that still leaves gaps The aut [...]

    8. I don t think I have ever stopped reading a book so quickly before, and the only reason I got as far as I did was because I was stuck on the busride to swimming lessons with my class, and needed something to do to pass the time I kept hoping if I continued reading it would begin to get better, as I was interested in finding out about the passionate yet volatile relationship between King Henry the II and Eleanor of Aquitaine The first quality that annoyed me about this book was that it read sort [...]

    9. I love Alison Weir but I have to say, her fiction did not do it for me This was the first novel I have read from herI think she would do best to stick with straight up historical scholarly research and biographies About a chapter in, I found myself wondering what Harlequin romance I just stepped into And yes, I totally understand that Eleanor and Henry had a passionate, combustible romance that eventually collapsed But really, every other page had these cliched, overwrought descriptions of their [...]

    10. I went into this open minded I knew the reviews were bad and everyone said this was full of sex Maybe that s why it intrigued me, but it was just cheesy Not even the unrealistic version of Eleanor, but the writing as well I simply wasn t interested in going any further.

    11. Having read the reviews of this novel about this year s It girl in historical fiction, Eleanor of Aquitaine, I fully expected to hate this book Instead, I found myself rather liking it.The Captive Queen follows Eleanor from her marriage to Henry II to his death, with an epilogue that breezes through Eleanor s last years As the title implies, much of the novel takes place after Eleanor, having helped her sons to rebel against their father, is imprisoned by a furious Henry.There are some things I [...]

    12. I m going to say right off the bat that I have mixed feelings on Alison Weir On the one hand, her biographies range from good to Hold on, what Her credentials are debatable I can t really judge, as she s done a lot of her research But lacks the degree, and that troubles me whenever I m reading one of her non fiction books On a scale of Retha Warnicke to Antonia Fraser, she s somewhere in between The bias always shows through oh, gee, I wonder if she favors Anne Boleyn or Catherine of Aragon and [...]

    13. DNF not really the author s fault too depressing to read about another great man who is utterly unfaithful I LOVE Alison Weir s historical fiction I love it First the author writes nonfiction biographies of important historical characters Her nonfiction work is amazing, but way too detailed and scholarly for my objective enjoyment So when Weir writes a novel, she really knows her characters.I can t blame the author for what these characters do, as they were real people But I hated Henry of Anjou [...]

    14. This story of Eleanor of Aquitaine was at times interesting and at others quite a chore to read I quite enjoyed the early part of the book, and found Alison Weir s take on Eleanor and Henry s early relationship entertaining I didn t have the issues with the sexualized Eleanor that others have had but let s not forget, I read and highly enjoyed The Rain Maiden Later on though, the book became quite tedius It doesn t help that the subject matter, including Henry and Thomas Beckett s fall out, the [...]

    15. Probably the most cringeworthy, embarrassing book I ve ever made myself finish I have always admired Alison Weir for her detailed, academic biographies so I was delighted to be able to see her when she came to Kingston to promote this new novel I quickly bought a signed copy, then as soon as she began to read an extract I knew I d been premature with the purchaseThis feels like it s been written by some trashy chick lit novelist rather than an intelligent academic Worst of all are the dreadful s [...]

    16. A very fun read Weir examines the very earthy relationship Eleanor and Henry had the book is just about their marriage, so most of the events around the 2nd and 3rd crusade are skipped over, but the book is long enough as is Its a little awkward when occasionally Character A will say to Character B let me tell you all about Event X that is common knowledge in the 12th century but very unknown in the 21st But still, a lot of the events are made very real with a real sense of how and why they migh [...]

    17. I do not recommend this book It is a trashy paperback in disguise The characters are shallow, stereotypical, and boring The cover is beautiful, but it hides the mess inside

    18. Reading this novel, two thoughts were constantly present in the foreground of my mind 1 wow, there is a lot of sex in this novel and 2 Twilight fans need to read this.I m fascinated by the history of the British monarchy and hence, by the tangles of consanguinity, the history of all the various European monarchies I ve enjoyed poring over Alison Weir s non fiction works, although I don t think I ve quite read one all the way through I was happy to learn that she had begun writing fiction, starti [...]

    19. Eleanor, Eleanor, Eleanor This is her year for novels A rare treat is to have one penned by historian Alison Weir, so I relished the chance to read this novel on the famous Queen who had shrugged off the title of Queen of France in hopes of being Queen of England Most importantly, Eleanor was proud of being Eleanor of Aquitaine I had read several novels that have endeared me to the rebellious Eleanor, such as the spectacular Plantagenet trilogy by Sharon Kay Penman and Pamela Kaufman s The Book [...]

    20. Kitap, 12 y zy lda h k mdarl k s rm olan 2 Henry ve o ullar yla olan ihanet, komplo ve sava lar anlat yor Tabi t m bu hareketli ya am n odak noktas nda bulunan iki kral n kar s ve iki kral n annesi olan d nyalar g zeli Krali e Eleanor u.Her ey 2 Henry ve babas n n Fransa Kral VII Louise i ziyaret etmesiyle ba l yor Henry o zamanlar daha 18 ya nda Babas yla birlikte geldi i sarayda Eleanor u g r r g rmez a k oluyor kili kar konulamaz ehvet duygular yla yan p tutu urken ki bu bana garip geldi nk E [...]

    21. I didn t actually finish reading it I managed to read one chapter and almost threw the book across the room at that point I expect a historian, which Weir is, to be able to stay in period during a historical novel And she didn t The book was literally unreadable I don t think I ve ever written a one star review before, but in this case, with the book dragging multitudes of readers who want historical novels and can t find enough of them, it is necessary Someone has to warn people off this book.

    22. This is still an exceptional historical read by Alison Weir it s as good to read , as it was the first time I read it I ve always found Eleanor of Aquitaine a fascinating and strong women to be admired and respected.

    23. This is the perfect book to read when you are recovering from surgery and are a little drugged up on post surgery painkillers and can t read anything terribly heavy or serious As I was in that very situation, I enjoyed the book muchly, and my state allowed me to forgive several grievances I would have had with the book otherwisech as the egregious use of modern terms and slang the gratuitious, badly written sex scenes the modern way people acted and talked in the book and the disregard Weir had [...]

    24. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Alison Weir is the historical fiction queen Instead of learning facts from a book about history, you get to see what emotional struggle the Queen went through You get to know her secrets, her thoughts, what she really thought about what went on at court, or what her husband did, or how he treated their children And as the book progressed you felt as though you were Eleanor of Aquataine I was enraged by Henry when he didn t treat his children and wife fairly I was f [...]

    25. this is a very well done biographical novel of eleanor of aquataine, she of the lion in winter, and her unproductive marriage to louis of france, and then her tempestuous and passionate life with henry the second, to whom she bore eleven children it s a wonderful explanation of how marriage and children were power and politics than family, and family turned against family in their grasp for the most of both what a horrible way to have lived, no matter how much wealth you had henry was notorious [...]

    26. I somehow felt like this book could have been really really good, and justwasn t I have to admit to being surprised that this is not Ms Weir s first novel, because it really felt that way I have to wonder if it was over edited by someone else, as there were times when it felt like it was written by 2 different people there were some bits that were really great, and other passages where it was like are you kidding me And, at the great risk of sounding like a prude, there was just too much sex for [...]

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