From an early age, Eleanor of Aquitaine has been taught by her father, Duke of Aquitaine, to rule. With her mother dead, and no sons to be heirs, she must, as a woman, be strong and feminine, able to walk a fine line in a world working to tear her down because of her sex. Eleanor and her father work for years for her marriage to King Louis VII of France, with Eleanor determined to have the next Charlemagne as her son. But she quickly realizes how weak Louis is, answering always to the Church. After a distaster-filled trip to Jerusalem, and years of marriage that result only in two daughters, Eleanor is determined to end her marriage to Louis and return to Aquitaine to rule in her own right, alone. But when the young Henry of Normandy comes to France, Eleanor realizes that her future may not lay just in Aquitaine. Has she finally meet a man strong enough to let her stand beside him as ruler?
Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of those timeless women who has captivated the world for hundreds of years. With beauty, strength, and intelligence, she is one of the few women to rule alone and to also wear the crowns of two countries. "To Be Queen" by Christy English is an outstanding work, recreating the early years of Eleanor's life. For anyone who is a fan of historical entertainment, this is a must-have addition to their collection.
The author of The Queen's Pawn delves into the early life of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine in her new historical novel.
After her father's sudden death, fifteen-year-old Eleanor is quickly crowned Duchess of Aquitaine and betrothed to King Louis VII. When her new husband cannot pronounce her given name, Alienor becomes Eleanor, Queen of France.
Although Louis is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by the church and a God that Eleanor doesn't believe in. Now, if she can find the strength to fight for what she wants, Eleanor may finally find the passion she has longed for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen.