The Queen's Daughter
Joanâ€™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 bothâ€”so what is she to do when sheâ€™s forced to choose between them? As her parentsâ€™ arguments grow ever more vicious, Joan begins to feel like a political pawn.Â
When her parents marry her
Not much action but still thoroughly enjo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
When Joan is betrothed to the King of Sicily, she travels away from her family and the court that she knows fo ...more
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 ...more
Yet, being caught up in the upheaval between father, mother, and brothers has also given Joan an ...more
It's known that John publicly sided with Richard (Richard the Lionheart) in 1189 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Reading level: Young Adult (Grade 9 and up)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 8, 2010)
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 o
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 ...more
The Queen's Daughter takes place a few years before the Hundred Years War between France and England and is centered around a girl named Joan, the only girl out of 5 brothers, and her journey while her brothers fight with not only France, but their own father during the time of the crusades. Joan is shipped out to Sicily in an arranged marriage with an awkward and shy man named W ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more