To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Among the top 10 Historical Fiction Novels of 2011 by the Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner

With captivating and lyrical prose, the author of The Queen's Pawn delves into the early life of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine...


Duchess at fifteen, Eleanor of Aquitaine marries the King of France. But will she find that she must pay too high a price to be queen?

Although Louis VII is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by forces in the Church. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Eleanor fights for her freedom and for the love of her life. In the arms of Henry of Normandy, Eleanor may finally find the passion she longs for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen.

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Christy English is the author of two historical novels, THE QUEEN'S PAWN and TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF THE EARLY LIFE OF ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Duke University.

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4 stars "...few authors have presented as intimate a portrait of [Eleanor's] early years and disastrous first marriage as English has... a finely wrought picture of an empowered woman... "   --Romantic Times Book Reviews

"... one of the best written and captivating historical fiction novels of the year... "To Be Queen" is a historical fiction novel you will not want to miss!"   --Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner

"To Be Queen by Christy English is an outstanding work, recreating the early years of Eleanor's life. For anyone who is a fan of historical entertainment, this is a must-have addition to their collection." --Joplin Loves 2 Read

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