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Download ☆ Gilded Cages 104 Ð The long awaited follow up to The Fatal Crown and Beloved EnemySet against the splendor and scheming of the Middle Ages this enthralling historical novel brings to life the magnificent Eleanor of Auitaine a woman far ahead of her time and one of history’s most extraordinary ueensTumultuous Passionate Timeless The marriaRy conuered England and together they ruled a vast kingdom At first they worked to unify and repair their war torn lands before being torn apart by intrigue adultery and deadly revenge Henry II dreams of enacting a new judicial system a common law that would help foster peace But a devastating betrayal by his closest confidante Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury thrusts Henry into a rivalry that threatens to tear church and state apart Eleanor an accomplished ruler in her own. This book was interesting for the most part Parts of it dragged especially when Eleanor was imprisoned and other people's stories were at the forefront I have read several books on Eleanor of Auitaine and Henry II The Lion at Winter is one of my favorite movies The narrator for this book tries to sound like Katharine Hepburn and does a good job I hated her characterization of Thomas Becket he was lispy and very wimpish Not Richard Burton at all The story begins with Eleanor and Henry already a family with Fair Rosamund just around the corner The author takes a lot of liberties with her death and sorry to say but I can't buy it This is one reason I can't give it five stars The author does great when describing the complicated relationship between Eleanor and Henry I have no trouble believing in their love even though both have hurt each other over the years Wonderful job here The childrens' complicated relationship is handled uite well also When you have a strong father and mother and no clear outline for your future it's difficult to act responsibly My husband and childrens' bloodline can be traced back to Henry and Eleanor's son John so this is a personal story for me

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The long awaited follow up to The Fatal Crown and Beloved EnemySet against the splendor and scheming of the Middle Ages this enthralling historical novel brings to life the magnificent Eleanor of Auitaine a woman far ahead of her time and one of history’s most extraordinary ueensTumultuous Passionate Timeless The marriage between Eleanor of Auitaine and Henry Plantagenet was like no other born of power politics and an all consuming fiery love Within two years of their wedding Hen. It's been some years since I last read a historical novel by Ellen Jones I'd forgotten how good she is at her craft This is the final book in her widely known three volume series about England during the reigns of Henry I and Henry II And yes I've read all three#1 THE FATAL CROWN the story of Empress Matilda daughter of Henry I and mother of Henry II and her conflict with cousin Stephen for the throne#2 BELOVED ENEMY THE PASSIONS OF ELEANOR OF AUITAINE tells about Eleanor's childhood her first marriage to King Louis VII of France and her introduction to Henry of Anjou later Henry II Jones is particularly adept at exploring what it must have been like to be a woman with power in a man's worldNOTE At the time I am writing this review is offering all three novels on Kindle for a combined price of 399 A GREAT deal for lovers of historical fictionI think what Jones has done best is to make believable the complex relationship between King Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Auitaine In all its nuances Not just their initial passion But the bond that exists in a marriage of euals at a time when women were traditionally considered second class Henry and Eleanor are true soul mates sharing a love of power political acumen and burning desire to expand England's influence Coupled with intense physical attraction Jones depicts them both as multi dimensional human beings with exceptional gifts and significant flaws Even after their falling out I don't consider this a spoiler since their history is so well known Jones captures the intense connection that remained between the two monarchs one based on respect shared history and even residual love I found this completely believable and VERY satisfying This novel covers the years 1162 1189 It begins just 10 years into Henry and Eleanor's marriage when they are still a happy couple with a young and growing family just as Archbishop Thomas Becket is returning the seal of the Chancellor's office to Henry And the novel ends just after Henry's death Most of the drama that unfolds in between centers on two threads The first is Henry's philandering and its impact on his relationship with Eleanor The second which comes later is the continual discord between Henry and his grown sons This is NOT a family you'd want to be part of There's an overabundance of ambition anger management issues and self absorption This is a long book but it held my interest My only criticism is that I found some of the detail surrounding battles a bit too much But I recommend this highly especially for those who are fascinated with this Middle Ages power couple

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Gilded CagesRight steps in to help Henry uell the rebellions across their lands But when she learns of her husband’s secret romance with the fair young Rosamund de Clifford it shatters her heart and ignites a bitter vengeance that will engulf their family in treachery and betrayal As Eleanor takes the side of her sons against their father these young royals chafing for power of their own wreak havoc across the continent igniting a war whose tragic conseuences Eleanor could never have forese. Exuisitely researched and full of detail My only ualm was the periodic bouts of awkward prose Certain phrases were very very overused Otherwise it was a wonderful book