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Devil's Consort by Anne O'Brien
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Apr 29, 2011

really liked it
Read from April 29 to 30, 2011

A highly readable account of the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Louis Caput of France.
I find Eleanor of Aquitaine a fascinating figure; ahead of her times not only did she rule Aquitaine, but was Queen of France, had her marriage annulled, and married to become the Queen of England. Her sons included Richard the Lionheart and bad Kind with this in mind Ms O'Brien had her work cut out to rise to my expectations.
And I wasnt disappointed.
This book created an empathy for a complex character. The struggle of her first marriage and lack of consummation was skillfully recreated such that you could forgive Eleanor just about anything. The evocation of character- both the foolishly devot Louis, and the gung ho Henry, were spot on without being cliched.
Highly recommended.

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