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The Queen's Daughter

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,214 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Joan's mother is Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most beautiful woman in the world. Her father is Henry II, the king of England and a renowned military leader. She loves them both, so what is she to do when she's forced to choose between them? As her parents' arguments grow ever more vicious, Joan begins to feel like a political pawn.

When her parents marry her off to the k
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Henry Holt & Company (first published June 2nd 2010)
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Lisa I don't know what Iringo read but there is no sex in this book, implied or otherwise. There isn't even a whole lot of kissing. There is talk about mar…moreI don't know what Iringo read but there is no sex in this book, implied or otherwise. There isn't even a whole lot of kissing. There is talk about married people 'being with child' but not how they got there. Completely appropriate for a teenager.(less)

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Gail Carriger
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, historical
This book tells the story of Princess Joan, forgotten daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II, sister to Richard the Lionhearted. Joan is a woman of legend made emotionally real and accessible in this charming fledgling effort. The hefty descriptions replete with historical detail can be a bit cumbersome but they are made engaging by inclusion of things young adults might find fascinating - clothing, food, and toys as well as politics and wars.

Not much action but still thoroughly enjo
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was not blown away by this book, I think the problem was that I was so blown away by Anne O'Brien's Queen Defiant: A novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan's mother, that this couldn't help but be an inferior story of the family. I also have to say that this is yet another historical fiction novel based on royals that is 97% pure fiction, the author's note pretty much says that almost nothing is known about Eleanor and Henry II's daughter, so she just made up stuff. That didn't bother me when I f ...more
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a 3 part story: 1st part is Joan's childhood as the princess of England under King Henry II, 2nd part is early womanhood and her marriage to the King of Sicily and the 3rd part is her mid-age life with her brother as the King and a new mate in life.

I was very interested in this story. It's not one I was familiar with, so I don't know how historically accurate it is. It gave some insight to how it might have felt to be a daughter in this era, being shipped off and expected to marry a str
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Even from the start as you realize Joan as a seven-year old, you can really learn the labors of being royalty. When you're a kid, you usually want to be a queen, king, etc. (I should know...I was one of them lol) but as the saying goes, "things are not always as they seem..." Joan's perspective provided the types of concepts that most definitely were not available amongst the elite, such as marrying for love. Near the end, Joan was forced to bow down and support her brother ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Queen’s Daughter is straight-up historical fiction. There is no time-travel of a modern girl to medieval times. There is no fantasy or paranormal element. What you get is the real deal – historical fiction based on true facts.

Susan Coventry includes all sorts of historical details about both the time and place. I like that she works in explanations of the political climate so that everything makes sense.

Joan lives a luxurious royal lifestyle as a young princess. Oh, but there is trouble behi
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Shelves: for-review
This is actually not my review, but Maria's review from Good Choice Reading. I am posting it here because she is not active on GoodReads and I thought it should be added.

Maria's Review: (

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars; mostly, because I loved the story line and I ADORE books with strong, female characters.

I have to admit - the beginning of this book (I’d even go so far as to say the entire first half) is VERY confusing. That’s the one downside. I supp
Marie Burton
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
After reading a few Eleanor of Aquitaine novels this year, I could not pass up the opportunity to read more about one of Eleanor's daughters, Princess Joan. In the upcoming Captive Queen by Alison Weir, Joan was depicted as being unceremoniously shipped off to Sicily to marry a King significantly older than her who had then kept Joan virtually imprisoned while the King cavorted with the heretic Saracens in his bed. I felt bad for Joan who was, as usual, a mere pawn in her family's need for polit ...more
Library Lady
I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. It was very well-written and about a time period I have high interest in. But it was just so confusing! I've read lots of historical fiction, some about the middle ages, and I've never been so confused. I couldn't understand why Richard and Henry were fighting with their father at the beginning of the story and it wasn't until I looked up information about Joan's family on the Internet that I was able to put the pieces together. Coventry ...more
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Queen's Daughter was a fantastic and eye opening debut novel that reminded me once again about how much I love historical fiction.

To begin with, The Queen’s Daughter included a ton of historical details. Names, dates, and places were presented in an intriguing way and it made me want to keep reading, to find out more about what was happening. All of the characters were well developed and believable, especially Joan. Readers got to experience things with Princess Joan from the time she was si
Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
This fictionalized biography of Joan, daughter of Henry II of England, has a tendency at times to transform itself into a history of the time period, with precise dates and mention of great events happening in the background, but wisely moves quickly back to the story about Joan. While little is known of the details of her life in comparison to other members of her famous family, she is presented here as a spunky girl-child and later woman (it follows her life from age 7 to around 28 or 30), but ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I am a total Eleanor of Aquitaine fangirl, and this is the story of her daughter. I read it in one sitting, transfixed, and now I can't begin to imagine starting a new book tonight because I just want to think about this. It was slow to start for me - I couldn't picture a seven or eight year old acting like Joan did, but it got me so sucked in. It was rather horrifying to see Eleanor discussing her 10 year old's upcoming wedding (Oh, he'll wait for your menses to start in a few years. And if he ...more
Cindy Hudson
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Princess Joan is often overshadowed by her larger-than-life family members. Her mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and her father, King Henry II, often seem to be set against each other. And her brothers are all too happy to fight with their father and with each other. Even though Joan tries to remain loyal to both her parents, it’s inevitable that they use her to further their schemes.

When Joan is betrothed to the King of Sicily, she travels away from her family and the court that she knows fo
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I don't know why I should feel such a deep sense of satisfaction for finally reading a book that has been sitting on my shelves unread for over 3 years and my TBR for almost 7 years, but I do. I don't even know if it helps or matters that I enjoyed the book, but I did enjoy it.

It's also funny how reading another book can enhance the current reading experience. That also happened here. My previous experience with Thomas B. Costain's hilarious, insightful, and well
My favorite part of this book was the sheer fascinating world the of dysfunctional Angevins as told through the eyes of one of their most vulnerable, daughter Joan. What the inter-familial politics of this family did to Joan's personality was just mind-boggling. She has all the power of her family: the courage, the intelligence, the strength of will, and the brilliant stubborn pluck of a Plantagenet.

Yet, being caught up in the upheaval between father, mother, and brothers has also given Joan an
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, teen
Joan is the daughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The story starts when Joan is 7 years old and sees her brothers and father fight over the kingdom. Her mother is held hostage during their conflict and Joan is conflicted on who to support. She loves her father and her brothers equally especially her brother Richard. As most women of that time Joan is a pawn in the conflict. She is given to William of Sicily as his bride when she is eleven. There's is not a happy marriage and produces no ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was quite interesting. I hardly knew anything about Joan, the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine. One thing I feel it's missing though was the mentioning of her brother John's (John Lackland) betrayal against their father, Henry II of England. Susan Coventry kind of hinted in the book that John was Henry's favorite son . . . So I think the fact that John ended up siding against him should've been in the book.

It's known that John publicly sided with Richard (Richard the Lionheart) in 1189
Dec 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Below is an excerpt from my full and original review which you can find here:

"I will admit, I've only read a few historical fiction books before. However, as I really enjoyed the ones that I have read, I thought that I was going to love The Queen's Daughter, with it's intriguing premise. Unfortunately I can not say I loved this book, though I guess I liked it well enough........
All in all, The Queen's Daughter was a bit of a let down but I did stil
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Boulder Bookstore Teen Advisory Board
Shelves: advanced-copies, 2010
'The Queen's Daughter' tells of a young woman in history who kept extraordinary company, yet who is not well known herself. Daughter of Eleanor of Acquitane and sister of King Richard and Prince John (of Robin Hood legend fame), this book's heroine Joan lived a remarkable life. As the pawn to many powerful historical figures, Joan struggles to find happiness; yet through it all, she possesses a powerful spirit. Though this work of historical fiction is heavy on the fiction, since little is known ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
When I first got this book from the dollar store I didn't know it was YA. It was only when I looked on the information page did I see that it was.

I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for the Plantagents. For a while I was married to one of their descendants. So I have a bit of a bias towards this family.

Susan Coventry wrote the main character, Joan, as a very likable person who you wanted to keep hoping for. Hoping that Joan got her somewhat happy ending.

This book was more historically acc
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-2018
I have to say, this is one of the better historical fiction novels I have had the pleasure of encountering lately. Especially of the medieval times.

Eleanor of Aquitaine always intrigued me, so reading about her daughter, although the story was fictitious, was amazingly well written, and I was transported into the past in a refreshing new way.

Although, I have to say that the whole thing about romance and the controversy about who Joan was happier with - William or Raymond - was just a tad bit dam
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love
It was an amazing book that kept me up most of the night reading. It's surprising because at first Joan has this perfect family and everything and then everything changes, she gets married at the age of 12. She gets cheated on and has the hardest time of going back to her first crush.
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Queen's Daughter
Susan Coventry

Reading level: Young Adult (Grade 9 and up)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 8, 2010)
Language: English
Kindle Edition File Size: 513 KB
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
Sold by: Macmillan

Purchased on recommendation of author via Twitter

The story of Joan of England, the youngest daughter of the notorious twelfth century queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and the powerful King Henry II
Eleanor of Aquitaine is the only woman in history to have been queen of both France and England—and not at the same time. She had power, and she wielded it to the fullest. When defeated, she bided her time and waited for the next opportunity to arise. Her politics are better left in the Middle Ages, but this was one hell of a strong-willed woman.

This book is not about Eleanor of Aquitaine.

It's about Joan, the youngest of Eleanor's daughters. Joan does not have Eleanor's wealth, power, independen
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A stunningly vivid tale of a young queen’s struggle with duty versus love is beautifully crafted by an a first-time writer but a long-time reader. Filled with historical detail and true period events, The Queen’s Daughter follows the life and times of Joan, a young royal who knew some of the most powerful and thrilling figures of her time. Being the daughter of King Henry III, however, meant that you would be just another pawn in a giant game of chess. Highlighting a time when kingdoms were won ...more
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Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I've had a thing for historical fiction lately and this one seemed right up my alley. Especially since I know next to nothing about the children of Queen Eleanor and King Henry II. I enjoyed it a lot.

I find Joan particularly fascinating. What a world to grow up in and surrounded by some of the most talked about rulers in history. I think she was a little naive in her relationship with her parents, but what child would honestly think they would use her in such away against one another. I especial
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I will start off by telling you that it is hard for me to get into a historical fiction novel. I have been looking for one for a long time and haven't been able to find one. It may just be that the genre isn't one for me, but I have insisted on finding one that I love. I now have to look no farther.

I've recently been fascinated with the history of the English monarchy and was excited to find out about this book. Although it does not center around one of England's more influential or noted royalt
Michelle Mcroberts
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book receives 4 stars because, I really, really liked it...

That said - not everyone will...But, I love historical fiction that is real, not completely romanticized, not wonderful and lovely and lyrical unless it really fits the story being told. History is quite ugly in places. And no, not every princess ends up with her "happily ever after." Not every King/Duke/Count is an upstanding and respectable citizen - Sometimes they are the opposite.

This book chooses a real period in history and po
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
This sounds dire, but either it'll be dire in the expected, wildly anachronistic heroine way, which is useful for our project, or possibly will be more nuanced than that, which will also be useful for our project. So will give it a try.

Okay, so I'll leave the prediction above, although I was quite wrong about the book, which was not at all as predicted. It felt far more like the kind of adult historical I used to read (Norah Lofts, maybe? It was a long time ago!) than like any recent YA histori
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay, since I am an Eleanor of Aquitaine fan wasn't so thrilled how she was portrayed
although I did enjoy the novel well enough. Joan, Eleanor’s daughter by Henry II of England, is neglected in literature because there isn’t much of a historical record on her. Coventry does a good job placing Joan in the historical context, developing true historical figures and generating some interest in the outcome of the characters. Being relatively well-versed in the time period, it is easy to pick apart th
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a great historical mix of fiction and non-fiction. As I am seriously interested in Medieval History I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is based on the life of Joan, daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England. It is a great understanding, of how tough her life is, being the daughter of royalty. Whilst reading it, you can't help but feel sorry for her. It is quite sad in some parts because, she feels as if she doesn't belong. But the fictional part of her life gets better with ...more
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