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The Book of Eleanor

(2002)
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One of history's greatest women, celebrated by her contemporaries, descendants, and biographers, comes to life in this mesmerizing novel by bestselling author Pamela Kaufman.

In 1137, fifteen-year-old Eleanor became Duchess of Aquitaine, a wealthy and powerful province in the South of France. Rich and influential in her own right, her tumultuous marriages thrust Eleanor into the political and cultural spotlight, where she would remain for more than half a century.

Still in her teens, Eleanor married Louis VII of France, a sickly religious fanatic so obsessed with adultery that he kept his beautiful wife under lock and key. A lifelong rebel, Eleanor would defy her husband and the Church and eventually strong-arm the Pope into annulling her unhappy marriage.

Once free, she thought to marry Baron Rancon, her childhood love, but found herself forced into another political marriage with Henry II of England, a ruthless soldier known as “the red star of malice.” In Henry, Eleanor found a man whose iron will and political cunning matched her own, but the marriage was a bitter and brutal one, which escalated into open warfare when Eleanor backed their sons in an armed rebellion against Henry. Vowing revenge, he imprisoned her for seventeen years, hoping she would die in obscurity. But Eleanor would not go quietly. In prison, she wrote her memoir. This is her story.

Genre: Historical

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Used availability for Pamela Kaufman's The Book of Eleanor

Hardback Editions

March 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Eleanor
Author(s): Pamela Kaufman
ISBN: 0-609-60906-8 / 978-0-609-60906-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Author(s): Pamela Kaufman
ISBN: 0-609-80809-5 / 978-0-609-80809-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Author(s): Pamela Kaufman
Publisher: Crown
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU