The Winter Crown

Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780748133918
Release Date: 2014-09-11
Genre: Fiction

An extraordinary woman. A legendary queen. In 1154, Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful women in Europe, is crowned queen of England beside her young husband Henry II. While Henry battles their enemies and lays his plans, Eleanor is an adept acting ruler and mother to their growing brood of children. But she yearns for more than this - if only Henry would listen. Instead, Henry pushes Eleanor to the sidelines, involving himself with a young mistress and denying Eleanor her rightful authority. As matters reach a crisis, Eleanor becomes caught up in a family rebellion. And even a queen must face the consequences of treason... Award-winning author Elizabeth Chadwick continues the fascinating story of a queen fighting for her rightful place in a world of divided loyalties and passionate betrayals.

The Summer Queen

Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402294075
Release Date: 2014-07-01
Genre: Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor of Aquitaine to life with breathtaking historical detail in the first volume of this stunning new trilogy. Eleanor of Aquitaine, the legendary 12th century queen of France and later of England, is one of the most powerful and irrepressible women in medieval history, and her story of romance, scandal and political intrigue has fascinated readers for centuries. Young Eleanor (or Alienor as she was known) has everything to look forward to as the heiress to the wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father William X suddenly dies, childhood is over. Sent to Paris and forced to marry Prince Louis VII of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to King and Queen. At the age of just 13, Eleanor must leave everything behind and learn to navigate the complex and vivacious French court. Faced with great scandals, trials, fraught relationships, and forbidden love at every turn, Eleanor finally sees what her future could hold if she could just seize the moment. The first in this highly anticipated trilogy, The Summer Queen follows Eleanor through the Second Crusade to the end of her marriage to Louis VII. The author's meticulous research (including delving into the Akashic records) portrays the Middle Ages and Eleanor with depth and vivid imagery unparalleled in historical fiction that will keep readers riveted and wanting more.

The Autumn Throne

Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780748133932
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre: Fiction

Eleanor of Aquitaine's powerful story is brought to a triumphant and beautiful close by much-loved author Elizabeth Chadwick in the trilogy that began with The Summer Queen and continued in The Winter Crown England, 1176 Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England, refuses to let her powerful husband bully her into submission, even as he forces her away from her children and her birthright. Freed only by Henry's death, Eleanor becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry. Eleanor will need every ounce of courage and fortitude as she crosses the Alps in winter to bring Richard his bride, and travels medieval Europe to ransom her beloved son. But even her indomitable spirit will be tested to its limits as she attempts to keep the peace between her warring sons, and find a place in the centres of power for her daughters.

Das Herz der K nigin

Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 9783641157166
Release Date: 2016-02-15
Genre: Fiction

Königin, Mutter, Geliebte – eine Frau, die dem Sturm trotzt und alle Herzen erobert England 1154. Alienor von Aquitanien wird an der Seite ihres Mannes Henry zur Königin gekrönt. Eigentlich sollte sie glücklich sein, doch die Rolle, die sie nun einnehmen soll, entspricht nicht ihren Vorstellungen. Sie will nicht nur ein Kind nach dem anderen zur Welt bringen. Sie will regieren, herrschen! Als sich Henry auch noch einer jüngeren Frau zuwendet und ihr all seine Aufmerksamkeit schenkt, beschließt Alienor, ihr Schicksal selbst in die Hand zu nehmen. Und als ihre Söhne schließlich zu jungen Männer heranreifen, findet sie sich im Mittelpunkt einer Rebellion wieder, die verheerende Folgen für sie haben wird ...

Das Verm chtnis der K nigin

Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 9783641206680
Release Date: 2017-09-18
Genre: Fiction

Die ergreifende Geschichte von Alienor von Aquitanien findet ihren triumphalen Abschluss. England, 1176. Alienor von Aquitanien, die Königin von England, wird noch immer von ihrem Mann, König Henry, gefangen gehalten – doch obwohl er ihr ihre Kinder und ihr Geburtsrecht nahm – aufgeben wird sie nie! Erst Henrys Tod beendet ihre Gefangenschaft. Sie kehrt zurück an den Hof und muss feststellen, dass Henry in ihrer Abwesenheit gefährliche Konkurrenz um Land und Macht zwischen ihren Söhnen geschürt hat. Alienor muss all ihren Mut und ihr Geschick aufbringen, um den Frieden wiederherzustellen und England zurück ins Zentrum der Macht zu bringen ...

Die letzte Gemahlin des K nigs

Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644567818
Release Date: 2016-09-21
Genre: Fiction

Meisterin des Wortes Heimlich unterhält die Witwe Kateryn Parr eine Affäre mit ihrer großen Liebe, dem Baron Thomas Seymour. Doch als König Henry VIII. um ihre Hand anhält, hat sie keine Wahl: Sie muss das Angebot annehmen und darf Thomas nie wiedersehen. Kateryn weiß genau, in welche Gefahr sie sich begibt – schließlich wird sie die sechste Gemahlin des launischen Königs. Von zwei ihrer Vorgängerinnen trennte er sich, zwei ließ er hinrichten. Mit der Zeit wähnt sie sich aber in Sicherheit: Im Herzen des Hofes gründet sie einen Studierzirkel und bestimmt als Regentin die Geschicke des Landes in Henrys Abwesenheit. Doch als Befürworterin religiöser Reformen zieht sie schließlich doch Henrys Zorn auf sich ... «Philippa Gregory, Königin des historischen Romans, setzt dieser Heldin ein unvergessliches Denkmal.» (People Magazine) «Niemand schreibt besser über die Tudors als Philippa Gregory.» (Publishers Weekly) «‹Die letzte Gemahlin des Königs› ist nicht nur ein faszinierender Roman über eine überraschend wenig bekannte Zeit der Tudor-Dynastie, sondern vermittelt auch das bedrückende Gefühl des puren Terrors, den das Leben unter einem launischen Tyrannen mit sich bringt – besonders, wenn man mit ihm verheiratet ist.» (Reader’s Digest) «Drastisch schildert Gregory die Beziehung von Kateryn Parr und ihrem Gemahl Henry VIII. Genauso gut beschreibt sie auch die religiösen und politischen Spannungen im England der Tudors. Fesselnd.» (The Times) «Gregorys komplexes Porträt des alternden Königs und seiner sinnlichen, gelehrten Braut wird Tudor-Fans begeistern.» (Publishers Weekly)

It Ended Badly

Author: Jennifer Wright
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781627792875
Release Date: 2015-11-03
Genre: History

A history of heartbreak-replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip-and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright's It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved-from his old tutor to most of his friends-put to death. Oscar Wilde's lover, whom he went to jail for, abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family and wrote several self-serving books denying the entire affair. And poor volatile Caroline Lamb sent Lord Byron one hell of a torch letter and enclosed a bloody lock of her own pubic hair. Your obsessive social media stalking of your ex isn't looking so bad now, is it? With a wry wit and considerable empathy, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these thirteen terrible breakups to life. She educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup conduct into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who's ever loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered late-night emails to their ex, reminding us that no matter how badly we've behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII.

Die K nigin der Wei en Rose

Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644462717
Release Date: 2012-05-02
Genre: Fiction

England, 1464: Die Adelshäuser York und Lancaster kämpfen erbittert um den Thron. Als König Edward, der Erbe der Weißen Rose, der schönen jungen Witwe Elizabeth Woodville begegnet, ist es um beide geschehen. Doch Elizabeth weigert sich, Edwards Mätresse zu werden. Da heiratet der König sie entgegen allen Standesschranken – ein ungeheurer Skandal! Und keine Frau im Königreich hatte je so viele Feinde. Neid, Missgunst und Intrigen bringen Elizabeth und ihre Familie in größte Gefahr. Ihre Widersacher nennen sie eine Hure. Sie nennen sie eine Hexe. Doch Elizabeth weiß: Sie ist die Königin. «Philippa Gregory ist wahrlich die Meisterin des historischen Romans! Geschichte kann kaum unterhaltsamer, lebendiger oder bezaubernder erzählt werden.» (Sunday Express) «Die Königin der Weißen Rose» ist der erste Band ihrer Trilogie über die Zeit der Rosenkriege. Mit diesem Buch gelang der Autorin in Großbritannien wie den USA auf Anhieb der Sprung an die Spitze der Bestsellerlisten. Die Folgebände der Reihe werden ebenfalls im Rowohlt Verlag erscheinen. «Gekonnt erzählt, mit Detailreichtum und Tempo. Gregorys Heerscharen von Fans werden begeistert sein.» (Booklist)

Lady of the English

Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402250934
Release Date: 2011-09-01
Genre: Fiction

From USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick comes a gripping, never-before-told, medieval battle of the sexes Matilda, daughter of Henry I, knows that there are those who will not accept her as England's queen when her father dies. But the men who support her rival, and cousin, Stephen do not know the iron will that drives her. She will win her inheritance against all odds, and despite all men. Adeliza, Henry's widowed queen and Matilda's stepmother, is now married to William D'Albini, a warrior who is fighting to keep Matilda off the throne. But Adeliza, born with a strength that can sustain her through heartrending pain, knows that the crown belongs to a woman this time. Both women will stand and fight for what they know is right. But for Matilda, pride comes before a fall. And for Adeliza, even the deepest love is no proof against fate. Written with vivid detail and great historical accuracy, Lady of the English is a captivating historical novel of Medieval England. Fans of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Sharon Kay Penman, and Bernard Cornwall will be spellbound by this well-crafted story of Henry I's daughter, his widow, and their alliance and perseverance as they fight for the rightful heir to the crown-a woman! More Medieval Historical Fiction Titles from Elizabeth Chadwick: The Greatest Knight-the seldom told story of the Greatest Knight of the Middle Ages The Summer Queen a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine To Defy a King-the story of a noble woman in a tyrant's world What readers are saying about Lady of the English "Great historical details and world-building combined with out-of-this-world characterization." "Everything about this story was compelling, and though it was a long book of 514 pages, I enjoyed every word." "I was from the start deeply immersed into the lives and politics of the times." "As absorbing as a thriller and full of fascinating historical detail." What reviewers are saying about Lady of the English "Lady of the English is a riveting historical fiction novel with thrilling drama and characters that fairly leap off of the page."-Laura's Reviews "A detailed and very readable medieval era novel full of political intrigue and fascinating depictions of the people surrounding the throne of England."-Historical-Fiction.com "The story is vividly described with a depth of historical detail that is rarely matched by other novelists in the genre."-Historical Novel Review Blog What people are saying about bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick "A star back in Britain, Elizabeth Chadwick is finally getting the attention she deserves here." USA Today "Elizabeth Chadwick is to Medieval England what Philippa Gregory is to the Tudors and the Stuarts, and Bernard Cornwall to the Dark Ages."-Books Monthly, UK "The best writer of medieval fiction currently around." -Historical Novels Review "Chadwick is an icon for the historical fiction community for her ability to create a believable and passionate story based around major events of the era."-The Burton Review "Breathing life into historical personages is hallmark Chadwick."-RT Book Reviews "Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you know you are in for a sumptuous ride." Daily Telegraph

Inventing Eleanor

Author: Michael R. Evans
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781441146038
Release Date: 2014-09-25
Genre: History

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124-1204), queen of France and England and mother of two kings, has often been described as one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages. Yet her real achievements have been embellished--and even obscured--by myths that have grown up over eight centuries. This process began in her own lifetime, as chroniclers reported rumours of her scandalous conduct on crusade, and has continued ever since. She has been variously viewed as an adulterous queen, a monstrous mother and a jealous murderess, but also as a patron of literature, champion of courtly love and proto-feminist defender of women's rights. Inventing Eleanor interrogates the myths that have grown up around the figure of Eleanor of Aquitaine and investigates how and why historians and artists have invented an Eleanor who is very different from the 12th-century queen. The book first considers the medieval primary sources and then proceeds to trace the post-medieval development of the image of Eleanor, from demonic queen to feminist icon, in historiography and the broader culture.

Die Jagd des Adlers

Author: Simon Scarrow
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641113452
Release Date: 2014-02-10
Genre: Fiction

Zu den Waffen, Söhne Roms! Syrien, die östliche Grenze des Römischen Reichs, wird von Unruhen erschüttert. Doch die römischen Truppen sind untergraben von Korruption und Disziplinlosigkeit. Die Centurionen Macro und Cato sollen die Schlagkraft der Kohorten wiederherstellen. Unterdessen sät der Stammesführer Bannus den Hass gegen Rom. Die Revolten nehmen immer bedrohlichere Ausmaße an. Gelingt es Macro und Cato nicht, die römischen Truppen gegen den Feind zu stärken, wird Rom seine östlichen Provinzen verlieren – und sie ihr Leben ...

Die Erben des Medicus

Author: Noah Gordon
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 9783641132750
Release Date: 2013-10-15
Genre: Fiction

Als Dr. Roberta J. Cole beschließt, ihre kriselnde Ehe und die Karriere in der Bostoner Großklinik hinter sich zu lassen, um Landärztin zu werden, erfährt ihr Leben eine ungeahnte Wende. Inmitten der grünen Hügel von Massachusetts trifft sie auf den Aussteiger David Markus aus New York. Schon bald kommen die beiden Stadtflüchtlinge sich näher. Aber nicht nur Markus kämpft mit Problemen, vor denen er vergeblich zu fliehen sucht. Auch seine Tochter Sarah steht vor der schwierigsten Entscheidung ihres Lebens – und braucht die Hilfe von Roberta, der Frau, die ihr den Vater wegzunehmen droht ...

The Lion in Winter

Author: James Goldman
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
ISBN: 0573611602
Release Date: 1966
Genre: Drama

"Insecure siblings fighting for their parents. Attention; bickering spouses who can't stand to be together or apart; adultery and sexual experimentation; even the struggle to balance work and family: These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century. In James Goldman's classic play The Lion in Winter, domestic turmoil rises to an art form. Keenly self-aware and motivated as much by spite as by any sense of duty, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession. By imagining the inner lives of Henry, Eleanor, and their sons, John, Geoffrey, and Richard, Goldman created the quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions, a work that gives visceral, modern-day relevance to the intrigues of Angevin England"--Publisher description.