Mar

14

2016

THE AUTUMN THRONE: COVER REVEAL!

  I am thrilled to reveal to you, fresh from the designer’s desk, the UK hardcover for THE AUTUMN THRONE,  the concluding part of my trilogy about Alienor of Aquitaine.  I absolutely LOVE the sumptuous autumnal colours and the rich feel they give to the jacket.  I think the subtle background design is fabulous too. […]

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  One of the notorious players in Eleanor of Aquitaine’s life story  is her paternal  uncle Raymond of Poitiers, Prince of Antioch.  His notoriety is caused not least by the rumours of an affair between him and his niece when she visited him in his city during the second crusade. We don’t have a solid […]

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Jan

29

2016

INVENTING ELEANOR: A Review by Elizabeth Chadwick

    The review for this was published in History Today Magazine in March 2015.   Inventing Eleanor: the mediaeval and post-mediaeval image Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans.  Bloomsbury Academic ISBN 978 1 4411 6900 6  228 pp   Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124- 1204) has stood in the spotlight for eight centuries, but […]

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Hamelin FitzCount is one of those supporting role players in English history who is vaguely known to people well versed in the life of the Angevin kings, but otherwise off most people’s radar. However, he has a big part to play in my Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, especially in books 2 and 3, THE WINTER […]

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Jan

25

2016

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF WILLIAM MARSHAL

This article is a post from the talk I gave on William Marshal at Cartmel Priory on May 15th 2011 for their annual Founder’s Day Lecture. A quote from the Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal, edited by A.J. Holden and translated by S. Gregory. Published by the Anglo Norman Text Society.  “The son the countess, […]

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                Eleanor of Aquitaine  has a reputation dwelt on by her biographers for coming from a family laden with dysfunctional characters whose lives were rife with shocking scandals. People will sometimes say ‘It’s no wonder she turned out as she did with ancestors like that.’  Actually I think […]

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Jan

13

2016

ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE’S APPEARANCE (OR NOT)

When I began writing my trilogy on Eleanor of Aquitaine – THE SUMMER QUEEN, THE WINTER CROWN and THE AUTUMN THRONE, I wanted to find out a bit more about Eleanor’s appearance.  I had featured her before in cameo portraits in my novels my influence being Jane Lapotaire’s utterly superb portrayal of Eleanor in The Devil’s […]

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