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review Beloved Enemy 103 ´ Set against the turbulent backdrop of twelfth century Europe as two countries compete for world dominion one woman will take her destiny and the future of a nation into her own hands “Auitaine is mine It will never belong to anyone else” With these words fifteen year old Eleanor seals her fate Auitaine is under the French king’s safThe Duke of Auitaine’s eldest daughter knows she must wed Prince Louis in order to insure the future of her beloved duchy Fiercely independent filled with untapped desire the woman who would be ueen must provide Louis VII her monkish husband with heirs But it is young Henry of Anjou who catches Eleanor’s eye and sets fire to her heart Ruled by a raging. There are so many people in history I still know too little about I know names and some dates but there will always be Eleanor of Auitaine is one of the characters of history that I know of but haven't really looked into Beloved Enemy was the first book I had read that attempted to create the world and life of this extremely powerful and influential womanIn a time when men ruled and women were made to be wives and mothers Eleanor had power After her father died without a male heir she inherited the duchy of Auitaine becoming the most eligible woman in Europe Placed under the care of the king of France she is married to Prince Louis and becomes ueen of France only one month later She is trapped in a loveless lifeless marriage where the vibrant life of her youth is stifled and looked down on After many years of marriage she is finally about to get herself free from LouisFree from the French king she wishes she could stand alone and rule the duchy in her own right A few circumstances prove the times won't allow this so she allies herself in marriage with Henry the Duke of Normandy and Count of Anjou In complete contrast to her first marriage this one is filled with passion both good and bad Both Eleanor and Henry are strong willed and stubborn leading them to spend as much time in love as they do fighting Henry wants to conuer everything he believes to be his and Eleanor is than willing to go along ultimately securing their fates at king and ueen of EnglandBefore reading I did a little digging into Eleanor I like to know something about the people behind the characters Eleanor had power in a time when women had none She fought for things to be done her way looking to see how she could better herself and the people of her land She was smart and beautiful and knew how to use that to her advantage All of that is in this book but it also makes her into a woman who yearns for power and love something that was rarely foundEleanor is not the only female this book centers on Bellebelle Henry's mistress is also a major character She is largely a figure of Jones' creation although put together based on details from the times She is a prostitute who captures Henry's attention In complete contrast to Eleanor she is timid and uiet fitting the role of women of the time The contrast between the two stories was fantastic Eleanor is powerful and Belle has nothing Both have the love of Henry but they are different kinds of love Henry loves Eleanor because she is like him powerful passionate and cunning Henry loves Belle because he does not have to be anything but himself with her When these two women finally meet that climactic moment shows that behind the facades they are simply two women fighting for their own power in a men's world Beloved Enemy is a very apt name for the events of this novel It was an excellent first novel to read about Eleanor that ended up being a lot than I expected Each little piece Jones drops only makes me want to read of her novels and about Eleanor This is an excellent historical fiction novel and I will definitely be reading

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Drive to succeed Henry vows that he will not be cheated of his rightful place on the English throne Yet the newly christened Duke of Normandy is thoroughly enraptured by the French ueen In Eleanor Henry knows he has found a woman whose hunger for life and glory matches his own So begins a passionate love that will span decades and change the course of history. Wow I learned so much I can't believe how screwed up people were back then The conuests for land Using their children like pawns in a chess game And omg the women Other than chivalry and tales great love Women were controlled by their fathers and then their husbands And don't get me started on the inbreeding I can not imagine how much research it took to write this story Eleanor was pretty amazing I mean less put aside the rumors of her incestuous affair with her uncle Ewwwww She put up with Henry the second Ok if the novel I read is true The guy was full of himself and a man who're at that But I guess every noble was back then I give Eleanor props for putting up with his crazy ass I know he was a good king in his early rein He and Eleanor did a lot to help England But yeah the guy was not faithful to his wife he supposedly loved Not cool And the poor Eleanor spitting out babies like she was a damn pezz dispenser I like the addition of belle Even though it was completely made up it added to the story I bet Eleanor just kept thinking well at least he isn't louis Oh and then that secret marriage of their children Before they I mean married at two Poor princess marguerite I don't know who had it worse the children of nobility or the children of the working classOh and trial by ordeal that was crazy Thank goodness for Henry giving us the jury system I was thoroughly entertained and educated

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Beloved EnemySet against the turbulent backdrop of twelfth century Europe as two countries compete for world dominion one woman will take her destiny and the future of a nation into her own hands “Auitaine is mine It will never belong to anyone else” With these words fifteen year old Eleanor seals her fate Auitaine is under the French king’s safekeeping and Eleanor. Her prose is mundane The story was interesting but her attempts at eroticism were completely predictable and could have been cut and pasted from 100 other novels