"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.
"Ash" wrote:I remember why - the writing is horrible. I remember thinking someone else had to have written this, not Norah Loft.
"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).
"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 . You can find copies at BookCloseouts.com