Devil's Consort: England's Most Ruthless Queen

By Anne O'Brien

Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, is a made up our minds lady who plots and schemes an fantastic direction among both strong males in 12th century Europe, a girl who can manoeuvre and manage to defend her personal lands as successfully as any power-grasping lord. Eleanor is single-minded in her fight to maintain her inheritance intact, prime her to reject one husband and take one other who will fulfil her wishes. Eleanor intends to reign as Queen and is ready to deliver scandal down upon herself in pursuit of her final prize. Hers is a narrative of strength, political intrigue, ardour and love.

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