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Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Tanzanite
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Postby Tanzanite » Thu August 27th, 2009, 1:20 am

"Chatterbox" wrote:Shame that Norah Lofts did such a half-a**ed job of her book about Eleanor.


I thought the Lofts book was awful.

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Postby boswellbaxter » Thu August 27th, 2009, 1:48 am

"Tanzanite" wrote:I thought the Lofts book was awful.


I have a copy but I don't think I ever ventured beyond the first page. Can't remember why, but maybe it's just as well!
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4ever Queen
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Postby 4ever Queen » Thu August 27th, 2009, 5:11 pm

I did like it a lot, and i have it as part of my little library. i also love her other few books that i've been able to come across at my local library. sorry to hear that they didnt make a good impression on you. Happy readings!

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Postby Ash » Fri August 28th, 2009, 12:18 am

"boswellbaxter" wrote:I have a copy but I don't think I ever ventured beyond the first page. Can't remember why, but maybe it's just as well!


I remember why - the writing is horrible. I remember thinking someone else had to have written this, not Norah Loft.

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Postby Tanzanite » Fri August 28th, 2009, 12:22 am

"Ash" wrote:I remember why - the writing is horrible. I remember thinking someone else had to have written this, not Norah Loft.


lol! I agree that the writing seemed totally different from her other books. I really liked The Concubine and her one on Katherine of Aragon (can't think of the title off hand).

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Nefret
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Postby Nefret » Thu September 3rd, 2009, 11:02 pm

"Tanzanite" wrote:lol! I agree that the writing seemed totally different from her other books. I really liked The Concubine and her one on Katherine of Aragon (can't think of the title off hand).


The Katherine one is called The King's Pleasure. I just finished reading it.

Have not read her Eleanor book. Might get it from the library just out of curiosity. Who has novels about her coming out next year?

One of my favourite novels about her is Courts of Love by Jean Plaidy.

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Postby robinbird79 » Fri September 4th, 2009, 1:10 am

"cw gortner" wrote:Has anyone else here read Margaret Ball's book on Eleanor? It came out to little fanfare but I really enjoyed it. She's a bit fey in it; it has some marvelous descriptive passages, too. It's called Duchess of Aquitaine. Eleanor, I believe, is not an easy character to write well. Like Anne Boleyn, she has tons of mythological baggage and readers have come to "see" her in a certain way. But Margaret Ball did something interesting and different with her that still stayed within the realm of historical possibility.

I thought it was sad to see how that book just faded away, especially as I heard that the publisher took almost eight years after the ms. was delivered to actually publish it :eek: . You can find copies at BookCloseouts.com


I checked this one out of the library a couple months back and enjoyed it well enough. It did center on her early years and stopped I think right before (like literally the night before or something like that) she and Henry were married. Interesting to read about that period in her life since most works about her focus on her years as Queen of England.
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Nefret
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Postby Nefret » Fri September 4th, 2009, 1:44 am

I own the Margaret Ball book, but have not read it yet. Picked it up on my vacation earlier this year. Wanted to read about her, and it had a very nice cover. Shall have to get it out of Mt TBR soon.

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Postby enelya » Thu December 31st, 2009, 2:50 pm

I loved the Margaret Ball book, the atmosphere was a bit different from regular novels

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Postby boswellbaxter » Tue October 26th, 2010, 11:20 pm

I see that Anne O'Brien has a novel planned about her for 2011:

http://www.anneobrienbooks.com/news/
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