To Be Queen by Christy English
A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Among the top 10 Historical Novels of 2011 by the Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner

With captivating and lyrical prose, the author of The Queen's Pawn delves into the early life of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine...

Duchess at fifteen, Eleanor of Aquitaine marries the King of France.
But will she find that she must pay too high a price to be queen?

Although Louis VII is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is
easily manipulated by forces in the Church. Trapped in a loveless
marriage, Eleanor fights for her freedom and for the love of her life.
In the arms of Henry of Normandy, Eleanor may finally find the passion
she longs for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen.

About Christy English

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After years of acting in Shakespeare's plays, Christy English is excited to bring the Bard to Regency England. When she isn't acting, roller skating, or chasing the Muse, Christy writes historical novels from her home in North Carolina. Please visit her at
Published April 5, 2011 by NAL. 403 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of those fierce, dynamic, and vibrant women from history that you cannot stop reading and learning about.

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If I were grading The Winter Queen on the setting alone, it would get an unqualified A.

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Peter Brimacombe begins his account of the men surrounding Queen Elizabeth I with the story of how Elizabeth Tudor came to be Queen.

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