THE SUMMER QUEEN
Chadwick adds another dimension to Eleanor of Aquitaine’s inspiring story culled from recent research. Richly detailed with an eye to key historical events and personages, Chadwick adds Eleanor’s sister Petronella to the tale. A magnificent woman’s story told by a brilliant historical novelist; realistic, emotional, vibrant, exciting and unputdownable.
Eleanor and her sister Petronella are carefree girls until their father’s death in 1137 ends Eleanor’s childhood. With an eye on her sister and Aquitaine, Eleanor is wed to the young Prince Louis of France and thrust into the role of queen at only 13. As her husband grapples with his role as ruler and his devotion to God, Eleanor is left to face the emotional and physical demands of a ruthless court and then going on Crusade with Louis. As her marriage to Louis crumbles in a scandalous divorce, Henry of Anjou waits in the wings. (SOURCEBOOKS, Jul., 400 pp., $15.99)