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Duchess of Aquitaine By Margaret Ball

Duchess of Aquitaine

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From the mire of war-torn medieval France rises an unlikely heroine, a noblewoman as brilliant as she is young and beautiful. Inlaid with rich historical detail, this novel breathes youth into an ancient story, that of the girl-queen who would one day join France with England under the Plantagenet name.

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Duchess of Aquitaine by Margaret Ball

Beautiful and brilliant, Eleanor is the daughter of the duke of Aquitaine, whose glittering court is the twelfth-century birthplace of courtly love. For all of the duke's boasts that Eleanor has the brains of a man and the soul of a warrior, everyone knows that a girl of fifteen cannot possibly hold the richest dukedom in France. Everyone, that is, except her dying father, who insists on leaving Eleanor his most valuable provinces---and making her prey to the first baron who rides in to kidnap her.
Eleanor, though, is not content to sit idly by and let herself become a victim, and devises a plan to marry the heir to the throne of France. While her alliance to Louis VII may be a dazzling one, her husband is a cautious man whose wit and courage do not always match Eleanor's own, and she ultimately finds herself seeking an even greater match with Henry II of England. Sweeping from the courts of Paris to the perils of the Crusades, Duchess of Aquitaine gloriously illuminates the life of one of the most powerful, resourceful, and fascinating women in all of history.

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"What a ripping way to learn a history lesson." --Kirkus Reviews

"This book is as rich in detail as the finest tapestry, as sumptuous as a fur rug and dazzling in its portrait of a remarkable woman." --Romantic Times

"Vivid descriptions of life in the Holy Land and of the Byzantine Court match vivid characterizations." --Publishers Weekly

About Margaret Ball

Margaret Ball, whose previous works include bestselling novels written with Anne McCaffrey, as well as Embeadery, a guide to using classic embroidery stitches in beadwork, lives in Austin, Texas.

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Duchess of Aquitaine by Margaret Ball
Margaret Ball
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Griffin Publishing
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