The Queen's Pawn
A historical novel of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine and the one person she loved more than power-her rival for the throne.
At only nine, Princess Alais of France is sent to live in England until she is of age to wed Prince Richard, son of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Alais is an innocent pawn on the chessboard of dynastic marriage, her betrothal intended to broker an uneasy truce between the nations.
Estranged from her husband, Eleanor sees a kindred spirit in this determined young girl. She embraces Alais as a daughter, teaching the princess what it takes to be a woman of power in a world of men. But as Alais grows to maturity and develops ambitions of her own, Eleanor begins to see her as a threat-and their love for each other becomes overshadowed by their bitter rivalry, dark betrayals, conflicting passions, and a battle for revenge over the throne of England itself.
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Review: The Queen's PawnUser Review - Ravin Maurice - Goodreads
It took a while for this book to pick up for me, but once it did, WOW! What a great read! I was totally drawn into the world of Alais and Eleanor, the story is told from their points of view in ... Read full review
Review: The Queen's PawnUser Review - Kimberly Eve - Goodreads
Alais, Princess of France, was the daughter of Louis VII. Louis was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine but when that didn't work out, she left him for Henry II, King of England. Alais's father married ... Read full review
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