Wednesday, February 29, 2012
To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Christy English
Eleanor is now my favorite person of the middle ages. She was a courageous, strong-willed, and a powerful women. I was pretty amazed how she was able to keep her title and lands during and after her marriage to King Louis. That was uncommon during those times.
I also felt that Eleanor was brilliant how she maneuvered her way out of marriage to King Louis who was a weak King and easily manipulated by the Catholic Church. Although, I felt sorry for King Louis.He was a good man and I believed he truly loved Eleanor.
I'm really glad that Christy wrote about Eleanor's younger years before coming duchess and queen. I feel that it helped give you a clear picture of the women Eleanor would become.
Eleanor certainly beat the odds that were stacked up against her during those times.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm looking forward to reading Christy's next book, The Queen's Pawn.