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Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Plantagenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy

This book starts out being a book about Eleanor of Aquitaine and her first marriage to Louis VII, King of France and the crusade they went on together, then her subsequent annulment and her marriage to Henry II, King of England and Normandy. Where the story fell over for me, was that this woman was portrayed as an independent strong woman with a will of her own, then in the middle of the book, she became nothing more than a breeder for Henry II and by the end she was vaguely described as bitter and twisted. The way that Eleanor was described in the middle of the book didn't seem to match up to the woman described in the beginning.

From my research it appears to be historically accurate and the history in the book was certainly very interesting. But if you are going to read this book don't expect to get emotionally caught up in the characters and their stories because it will not arouse anything more than a vague curiosity.

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