The Summer Queen, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over eight hundred years.

But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, bestselling novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before. Young, vibrant, privileged, Eleanor's future is golden as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine.

But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood ends abruptly.

Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, Eleanor is still struggling to adjust to her new role when Louis' father dies and they become King and Queen of France.

Leaving everything behind, the vivacious Eleanor must face the complex and faction-riddled French court.

She is only 13. Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Summer Queen is the first novel in a stunning new trilogy, from award-winning and much-loved author Elizabeth Chadwick


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, maps (black and white)
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780751548303



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This is the first volume of the author's trilogy of novels on Eleanor of Aquitaine. It seems inevitable that the author should tackle this subject as Eleanor's life is so popular a theme for writers of Medieval historical fiction - and with good reason, as it was a life filled with such incident and drama that it could easily read like a novelist's creation. This does not disappoint and is as colourful and readable as her other works. I wouldn't put this quite on a par with The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion, but this is very good.

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