Captive Queen is based on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the French queen whose marriage to the future King Henry II would usher in the Plantagenet Dynasty. Weir crafts a work of historical fiction that brilliantly enriches and casts new light on this legendary story.
"There are many things that eluded me and every other person who wants to find out the truth about Eleanor," Weir said. "What she really looked like, her relationship with her husbands and children, the truth about her rumored sexual adventures, her reasons for separating from Henry II, her whereabouts and activities during which she merits no mention in the sources, and the true extent of her political powers. The fragments of information do not give us a whole picture."
Weir grants that gift in Captive Queen sweeping the reader back to the 12th century with the eye of a top-notch historian.
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