Eleanor the Firebrand Queen
by Helen Rayson-Hill
Pub Date 1 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 28 Oct 2021
Interactive Publications Pty Ltd, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Eleanor of Aquitaine is intelligent and beautiful, her immense wealth desired by kings. Her father’s dying wish places the young heiress under the guardianship of King Louis VI of France, who marries her to his monkish son. The pious French Court considers her education and intellect shameful. She is accused of emulating men, regarded as her betters. It is emphasised she is there to breed, look decorative, and keep her eloquent mouth shut.
Eleanor longs to break free. The opportunity arises to lead an army on the Second Crusade. Eleanor grasps the chance and rides to the Holy Land accompanying Louis, now king. In Antioch, the young Queen discovers unexpected love and a prophesy. Her disastrous marriage to Louis is annulled at her request.
Single, Eleanor attracts unwanted adventurers. Ambushed, she evades capture realising she must remarry. She weds young Henry Plantagenet, attractive and no monk, beginning a mighty dynasty.
This is Book 1 in a series about Eleanor.
A Note From the Publisher
“Author Helen Rayson-Hill has drawn upon extensive research for this fascinating and action-packed account of a woman ahead of her times. Unlike in most historical records of Eleanor, the author invites us to see the world from Eleanor’s viewpoint. Eleanor refuses to fit the mould of what a noblewoman in the twelfth century was expected to be. She remains true to herself and her inheritance despite a loveless marriage, forced separation from her children, false rumours and kidnapping.”
–Susan Pieriotti, author of Manuscript to Market