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The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (A Queens of England… (original: 1987; edição: 2006)

de Jean Plaidy

Séries: Queens of England (5)

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"When I look back over my long and tempestuous life," I can see that much of what happened to me--my triumphs and most of my misfortunes--was due to my passionate relationships with men. I was a woman who considered herself their equal--and in many ways their superior--but it seemed that I depended on them, while seeking to be the dominant partner--an attitude which could hardly be expected to bring about a harmonious existence. Eleanor of Aquitaine was revered for her superior intellect, extraordinary courage, and fierce loyalty. She was equally famous for her turbulent relationships, which included marriages to the kings of both France and England. As a child, Eleanor reveled in her beloved grandfather's Courts of Love, where troubadours sang of romantic devotion and passion filled the air. In 1137, at the age of fifteen, Eleanor became Duchess of Aquitaine, the richest province in Europe. A union with Louis VII allowed her to ascend the French throne, yet he was a tepid and possessive man and no match for a young woman raised in the Courts of Love. When Eleanor met the magnetic Henry II, the first Plantagenet King of England, their stormy pairing set great change in motion--and produced many sons and daughters, two of whom would one day reign in their own right. In this majestic and sweeping story, set against a backdrop of medieval politics, intrigue, and strife, Jean Plaidy weaves a tapestry of love, passion, betrayal, and heartbreak--and reveals the life of a most remarkable woman whose iron will and political savvy enabled her to hold her own against the most powerful men of her time.… (mais)
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Título:The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (A Queens of England Novel)
Autores:Jean Plaidy
Informação:Broadway (2006), Paperback, 576 pages
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The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine de Jean Plaidy (1987)

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Didn't remember how dry Playdy can be... ( )
  Elysianfield | Nov 16, 2016 |
This is one of my favourite books by Jean Plaidy.

The novel walks through Eleanor's early childhood life (in the Courts of Love), right up to her death. Her life certainly was full of adventures, betrayal and her trying to re-create her grandfather's court. Naturally, Eleanor is a strong and powerful woman who knows what she wants and how to grasp it, especially given how she would give everything up (the love of her adoring first husband, daughters and her own country), for passion and power.

As a passionate, yet powerful and ambitious woman, she certainly was a match for Henry
You can tell that Ms. Plaidy put in a lot of effort to research everything. While some aspects of the book may have been reinterpreted and modified to fit the book, it is still vastly exciting. ( )
  Dream24 | Jan 6, 2016 |
I enjoyed this tome though felt like it could’ve been much better. I believe that if the author focused more on Eleanor’s life before the dispute with her husband Henry II then the story would be more condensed and entertaining.

The problem is, once Eleanor’s kept shut away from all that’s going on in the world, she begins to relate events that she hasn’t been involved with. Instead she tells the reader of the gossip that reaches her from her female attendants. At times she relates episodes about her husband or sons by stating how she “imagines” confrontations, and such like.

As a result, the book’s focus turns to other characters, thus the story no longer feels like it’s about Eleanor of Aquitaine. That’s not to say it isn’t good, because it is, but it’s almost like killing off the main character and having her narrate from beyond the grave, such becomes Eleanor’s lack of involvement. ( )
1 vote PhilSyphe | Apr 24, 2015 |
One of my favourite of Plaidy's historical novels. Eleanor of Aquitaine is shown, with all her glorious attributes, as well as all of her flaws. A wonderful retelling of her story. ( )
1 vote RogueBelle | Jul 10, 2009 |
Another very engrossing book by Jean Plaidy! Eleanor of Aquitaine's life was very interesting and took many twists and turns. 550 pages went by very quickly! ( )
1 vote Trinity | Aug 9, 2008 |
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Jean Plaidy is also known as Victoria Holt.
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"When I look back over my long and tempestuous life," I can see that much of what happened to me--my triumphs and most of my misfortunes--was due to my passionate relationships with men. I was a woman who considered herself their equal--and in many ways their superior--but it seemed that I depended on them, while seeking to be the dominant partner--an attitude which could hardly be expected to bring about a harmonious existence. Eleanor of Aquitaine was revered for her superior intellect, extraordinary courage, and fierce loyalty. She was equally famous for her turbulent relationships, which included marriages to the kings of both France and England. As a child, Eleanor reveled in her beloved grandfather's Courts of Love, where troubadours sang of romantic devotion and passion filled the air. In 1137, at the age of fifteen, Eleanor became Duchess of Aquitaine, the richest province in Europe. A union with Louis VII allowed her to ascend the French throne, yet he was a tepid and possessive man and no match for a young woman raised in the Courts of Love. When Eleanor met the magnetic Henry II, the first Plantagenet King of England, their stormy pairing set great change in motion--and produced many sons and daughters, two of whom would one day reign in their own right. In this majestic and sweeping story, set against a backdrop of medieval politics, intrigue, and strife, Jean Plaidy weaves a tapestry of love, passion, betrayal, and heartbreak--and reveals the life of a most remarkable woman whose iron will and political savvy enabled her to hold her own against the most powerful men of her time.

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