My biggest love in reading is historical fiction and one of my favourite authors is the lovely Elizabeth Chadwick. I truly loved this book, it covers one of my favourite periods in history and Eleanor (or Alienor as she was also known) of Aquitaine is one of my historical heroines. This is the second instalment in the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy.
It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this – if only Henry would let her. Instead, Henry belittles and excludes her, falling for a young mistress and leaving Eleanor side-lined and angry. And as her sons become young men, frustrated at Henry’s hoarding of power, Eleanor is forced into a rebellion of devastating consequences. She knows how much Henry needs her, but does Henry know himself?
This book tells the period shortly after her marriage to Henry II through to her later imprisonment. I have not been disappointed by any of Elizabeth’s books and this one was right up there with my favourites that she has written. The story telling is simply magical and you can feel that you are in that period of time with the characters – brilliant and so highly recommended.
Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Winter Crown is the much-awaited new novel in this trilogy and a rich, compelling story in its own right and I loved it!!! 5 stars