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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Revolt of the Eaglets by Jean Plaidy

This is the second in the Plantagenet series by Jean Plaidy and I really enjoyed it. I don't think it was a better book than the first but once I stopped unfairly comparing Jean Plaidy to Philippa Gregory I enjoyed her writing so much more.

This book had no 'getting into it' time required as the story picked up exactly where the last one left off and there was no going back over details, just a few minor ones scattered throughout the book. For that reason, I was already familiar with the setting and characters so that made it easy also.

The story picks up at a crisis point for Henry II and tells the story of his embattled life with his children (eaglets). Whilst Queen Eleanor is in the story very little, her character is strongly felt throughout the book. The first book mainly told Eleanor's story whereas this one is mainly Henry's. The Plantagenet is a fascinating family with a great story to tell and again I have learned much about the history of this time.

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