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The Queens of Love and War: The Fatal Crown, Beloved Enemy, and Gilded Cages

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Published May 21st 2013 (first published January 1st 2013)
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Debbi
Jun 29, 2013 Debbi rated it really liked it
I read the first book in this series many years ago, and was looking for the second, when all 3 came out in this single volume trilogy. Ellen Jones has done a wonderful job of researching both Maude and Eleanor for the book. s

The Fatal Crown focuses on Maud, a well educated European princess, married to the Holy Roman Emperor, and heir to the throne of England. Prior to his death Maud's father forces Englands nobles to swear allegiance to Maud as the ruler of England upon his death. The nobles a
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Heather
May 26, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
I will be honest. I do not know a lot about the monarchy in England or it’s history. I know some of the more recent history, recent being the last 300 years or so, and I have heard of all the male characters’ names that make up the monarchy in this book. Knowing the names and knowing the history are two different things.

May I say what an exquisite way to learn history?

Now, I know that these books are fiction, in a way, but the majority of the characters existed in history, a lot of the rumors th
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Oma
Jun 25, 2013 Oma rated it it was ok
The tales began with an interesting premise, but did not live up to my expectations. The story of Maud and Stephen was a bit far fetched. I found it difficult to believe that their affair would have been kept secret. There were so many possible witnesses to it. I found it hard to believe that a queen visiting a rival royal prisoner whom she has not seen in years, would be able to have sex with him in the cell without guards, even though down the hall, noticing. I would have enjoyed the stories ...more
Kathleen
Jun 02, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
A very well written book now compiled into a trilogy. This is an era I love to read about, Eleanor and Henry are my favorite couple. For a history lover some supposed events surprised me but a novelist can take those liberties and Ellen Jones did it well.

It is a great way to read all of the books together, be prepared to spend time with the volume. I think the effect on interspersing vignettes of Henry's mistress and her son Geoffrey with his life with his family works quite well. It was a har
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Melisende d'Outremer
I read the trilogy and enjoyed them for what they were - historical fiction. Nice to see someone tackle Maud and Stephen - interesting take by the author.
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Ellen Jones was born in New York City and raised in a family of history teachers and musicians, who exposed her to a variety of ideas, cultures, and lifestyles. After graduating from Bennington College, she spent a few years studying drama in graduate school, which led to her first writing efforts. After getting married and while raising two young children, Jones wrote two plays, one set in ...more
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