It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her duty as acting ruler and bearer of royal children. But she wants to be more than this - if only Henry would let her.
Eleanor has always been my alter ego I think, and this book was absolutely riveting to me. I gasped aloud when Henry had Raymond of Toulouse give him homage instead of Eleanor and Richard.
It is always a huge understatement to say that I so hated for the book to end..but still...
Just wonderful, poignant and sometimes quite sad and we left off at Sarum. We will resume there with The Autumn Throne.."Dusk had fallen early on this chilly September evening. A rain-spattered wind was hammering against the shutters like a fist on a sanctuary door, and Alienor was glad of the fire in her chamber, and the fresh batch of wax candles that had arrived earlier that day."
This one is a must read as is the before and the next. Preorder it!