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The Courts of Love

The Courts of Love

(1987)
The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine
(The fifth book in the Queens of England series)
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This fifth volume in the Queens of England Series is devoted to Eleanor of Aquitaine. Evoking the beautiful, tempestuous and sensual woman who divorced the King of France and married the King of England, Plaidy employs the ingratiating domestic details that are characteristic of her historical storytelling. Despite a hobbling first-person narrative that tends to repetition, the novel is dramatic in the sweep of its background and in the vividly realized events of Eleanor's long life. Raised with the Provencal languor of the courtly love tradition in her native Aquitaine, her beauty the toast of jongleurs, Eleanor relieves the tedium of her marriage to the pious French King Louis by daringly joining the Crusaders. She further shocks by pursuing her attraction to unattractive Henry Plantagenet, lured as much by the English crown as by the mutual sensuality that produces her favorite son, the enigmatic Richard the Lionhearted. Later, ambitious, headstrong Eleanor locks wills with Henry, leading to her imprisonment for many years. Even then, Eleanor remains central to the tumultuous epoch that witnessed the murder of Thomas a Becket and other royal infamies. Plaidy's prose style is serviceable at best, lacking in grace and nuance. Readers who enjoy easily accessible historical fiction, however, will find Eleanor's story adequately told.

Genre: Historical
 
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Hardback Editions

December 1987 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queens of England, Vol 5)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-399-13294-5 / 978-0-399-13294-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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November 1987 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (The Queens of England: Volume 5)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-7090-3050-9 / 978-0-7090-3050-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

May 2006 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (A Queens of England Novel)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 1-4000-8250-1 / 978-1-4000-8250-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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July 1999 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (The Queens of England: Volume 5)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-7090-6472-1 / 978-0-7090-6472-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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December 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: The Courts of Love (The Queens of England, Vol 5)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-449-21657-8 / 978-0-449-21657-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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January 1989 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (The Queens of England: Volume 5)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 0-00-617659-3 / 978-0-00-617659-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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Audio Editions

February 1996 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Courts of Love: Complete & Unabridged (Gold Range)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
ISBN: 1-85695-222-3 / 978-1-85695-222-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Isis
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Kindle Editions

May 2006 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queens of England Book 5)
Author(s): Jean Plaidy
Publisher: Broadway Books
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