The Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1) by Elizabeth Chadwick

The Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1)

Eleanor of Aquitaine is a 12th century icon who has fascinated readers for 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive.This stunning novel introduces an Eleanor that all other writers have missed. Based on the most up-to-date research, it is the first novel to show Eleanor beginning her married life at 13. Overflowing with scandal, passion, triumph and tragedy, Eleanor's legendary story begins when her beloved father dies in the summer of 113...

Details The Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1)

TitleThe Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1)
Release DateJun 20th, 2013
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Medieval, Cultural, France

Reviews The Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1)

  • Paula Mildenhall
    I often ask myself what drives me to keep reading novels about figures I know so well. I have read numerous biographies on Eleanor of Aquitaine, I have read about her in novels and I have travelled to France and England to walk in her footsteps. I know all of the key points in her life, the known facts, yet I have an insatiable need to get further inside her head. Hence, I have been counting down the days until I could get my hands on The Summer ...
  • Misfit
    The Summer Queen is the first in a planned trilogy based on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine (or Alienor as she is called here). After the glut of Eleanor novels a couple of years ago, this review is written with the assumption that most readers are familiar with Eleanor’s history. This review will discuss those known events freely and might be a bit spoilerish for those new to the period, so consider yourself warned. Arranged marriages can’t...
  • MomToKippy
    It was quite an experience to read The Summer Queen as I had virtually no knowledge at all of the history of the royals of Europe during the middle ages. Yes I admit it. It is not a period that has attracted me much. So it was a bit of a challenge. It was a treat to see maps and family trees on the first pages of the book and a little intimidating. I studied these dutifully before reading as I feared there may be a quiz later. This was the story ...
  • Erin
    Read in 2013. Reread in 2016.
  • Samantha
    My standards might have been too high for this one to meet. I cannot read the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine without having Sharon Kay Penman's novels in the back of my mind. Chadwick's version has a different focus, so far, looking at Eleanor as a young girl and Queen of France, so that was a point in its favor.While a time of anarchy reigned in England, Eleanor was a pampered heiress of the southern duchy of Aquitaine. Her father ar...
  • Rio (Lynne)
    Chadwick......we have high expectations and she never let's us down. I even ordered my copy from England because I couldn't wait for the US release. Finally a book on Alienor for grown ups. Alienor isn't a tramp, as so many popular historians and HF books like to make her out to be for entertainment's sake. I love Chadwick's portrayal of her and I thank Chadwick for not jumping on popular theories, but for actually doing her own research and usin...
  • Rebecca Huston
    Yes, I know that I am a shameless EC fangirl. Every new release has me scanning the offerings from England, and when I see a new title, I swoop down on it like an owl on a field mouse. This time Ms. Chadwick tells the early story of Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most fascinating women in history, and does it very well indeed. Here, we see Eleanor's story from the earliest days of her marriage to Louis VIII. Instead of using stereotypes that mo...
  • Kate
    I have been longing to read The Summer Queen - the beginning to a trilogy dedicated to my favourite female figure of history written by one of the finest writers of historical fiction. As this wonderful novel proves, Eleanor is in safe hands. But it's not just Eleanor who comes alive here, her sister, Louis of France and the young Henry of Anjou and others all fill the pages with life and colour. A fabulous novel.
  • Luthien
    Also published on Luthien Reviews.At the beginning of The Summer Queen, we meet thirteen-year-old Alienor, the eldest daughter and heir of William X, Duke of Aquitaine, on the eve of her father’s pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. When the sickly duke dies on the pilgrimage road, Alienor becomes the new duchess. She soon learns that she must marry the dauphin of France, Prince Louis, in order to keep her peace among vassals. She doe...
  • Orsolya
    Eleanor of Aquitaine was without a doubt a strong, enigmatic, remarkable woman in history. First being a Queen of France and then a Queen of England; most novels mainly highlight her time in England whereas her time in France is bypassed. Elizabeth Chadwick begins her Eleanor trilogy detailing the early days in France with Louis VII in, “The Summer Queen”. Chadwick chronicles the younger days of Eleanor (herein called Alienor as done in the n...
  • Lizzy
    “All that remained were poignant memories, and she must face reality, not live on dreams.” The figure of Eleanor (or Alienor, as EC calls her here by her French name) was not new to me. I had already met her in the Elizabeth Chadwick’s superb William Marshal series, but that was an older version of Alienor of The Summer Queen. Here she begins as a young thirteen year old girl, is orphaned, made Duchess and marries Louis VI and so becomes...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Eleanor, or Alienor as Chadwick refers to her, is just 13 years old at the time and is paired off in an arranged marriage to Louis, the French prince. This arranged marriage is essential to the future of Aquitaine as her father is gravelly ill. At first, Louis seems to be a good fit for her, but as the years go by, she realizes that behind closed doors, he is a different person. When she doesn't' provide an heir for him things become even worse a...
  • Lori
    Eleanor of Aquitaine comes to brilliant life in Elizabeth Chadwicki's amazing writing!!! I was thrilled when I learned that she was writing a triilogy of Eleanor & Henry... this first book gives us the story of Eleanors early years which I didn't know much about! I not only recommend this book... but any book you are lucky to come across by Elizabeth Chadwick!!!
  • Althea Ann
    A historical novel of Eleanor (or, more accurately, Alienor) of Aquitaine. The book covers around a 20-year period: from Alienor's girlhood, through her marriage to Louis VI, the annulment of that marriage, and her second marriage, to Henry Plantagenet.The events presented seem to follow upon known history pretty well, with no more than the expected amount of embellishment for a historical novel. It did turn me off, however, that in the Afterword...
  • Laura
    I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.This is the first book of the trilogy on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine written by Elizabeth Chadwick.This is a historical fiction book and there are many books written on this subject. Most of them are not truly historical but historical romance instead. The only book worth to be mentioned here is When Christ and His Saints Slept, also th...
  • Natasa
    A novel about one of my favorite historical characters written by one of my favorite authors. I love how much detail is included, yet so easy to read. It's hard to put down. I read the whole book in one day!!! You won't be disappointed.
  • Shomeret
    My main motivation for wanting to read The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick was my interest in reading about Eleanor of Aquitaine on crusade in fiction. . One reason why I gave a pass to Christy English’s novel about the early life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, To Be Queen, is that I read a review on Goodreads which stated that English’s novel glossed over the crusade. I am glad I chose Chadwick instead. I downloaded The Summer Queen from Net Ga...
  • Erin
    Elizabeth Chadwick tells the story of Aelinor of Aquitaine, her marriage to Louis of France and her whirlwind courtship with Henry of Anjou. Chadwick 's Aelinor is stubborn, well versed in royal politics, and beautiful. But there was something in the way she and her sister were portrayed that seemed reminiscent of the volatile relationship between the English princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret. I guess royal sisters in any generation will have th...
  • Amy
    I enjoyed this read. I have known little of Eleanor (Alienor) of Aquitaine, and was excited to cover some early twelfth century history through historical fiction. This year I have devoted to remarkable women in historical fiction, from Eve, Cleopatra, and Sheba, to Marie Antoinette, to Freud's Mistress Minnie Bernays, to Eva Braun, Mrs. Houdini, and Mademoiselle Channel. She also wears a red dress on my edition, which is another fun challenge fo...
  • Sheree
    I never tire of reading of Eleanor of Aquitaine's life, she's such a resilient, intelligent, determined, influential woman in medieval history. The Summer Queen is the first in a planned trilogy dedicated to the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Elizabeth Chadwick tells her story with extensive research, integrity and yes, imagination, whilst deftly remaining within the realms of historical likelihood. I particularly liked that EC refers to the an...
  • Sandi
    This story of Eleanor of Aquitaine takes place in 12th Century Europe. It begins with Eleanor and her sister Petronella, who are carefree girls until their father's death in 1137 thus it then ends young Eleanor's childhood. Keeping an eye on her sister and Aquitanie, Eleanor is then wed to the young Prince Louis of France and thrust into the role of Queen at only age 13. As her husband grapples with his role as a ruler and his devotion to God, yo...
  • Krista Baetiong Tungol
    One of the endearing things about reading an Elizabeth Chadwick work is the way this author can do justice to her characterization and make me love, admire and even fangirl over her protagonists at times. I have to say that I didn’t quite like Alienor (Eleanor of Aquitaine) at first despite having previously read so many positive things about her strong character and illustrious accomplishments as a queen and a woman of her time, but after this...
  • Leila
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have never been disappointed with any of Elizabeth's novels. They are immensely readable and this one is no exception.
  • Sarah u
    It took almost a month, but I finally wrote a review! The Summer Queen is the long-awaited first instalment of Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, and was released this summer in the U.K. in hardback and kindle format. I pre-ordered my kindle copy and was very much looking forward to reading- earlier this year I read and thoroughly enjoyed my first Elizabeth Chadwick novel, The Lady of the English, so I couldn’t wait to see wh...
  • Marg
    I'll start by saying that Elizabeth Chadwick is one of my favourite authors. Despite that, this book took me the best part of 4 and a half years to read. I started reading the book, and then 6 months ago I started again listening to the audio and today I finished it (Hoorah!). Curse you reading slump.Another really good book from EC, and I am definitely going to read the next one. At some point. Maybe this year. Maybe not.http://www.theintrepidre...
  • Nancy Ellis
    This amazing author knows how to transport you back in time. All of her books are excellent, but she has outdone herself with this first book of the trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine. Granted, Eleanor's story is incredibly exciting and romantic by itself, but Elizabeth Chadwick has such an understanding of her, it's as if she had lived the life herself. If you love historical fiction, you will not want to miss this book.
  • Helen
    The Summer Queen is the first in a trilogy of novels telling the story of the medieval queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor (or Alienor as she is referred to throughout the book) is a thirteen-year-old girl when the novel begins in 1137. Following the death of her father, the Duke of Aquitaine, Alienor is married to King Louis VII of France. At first the marriage is a happier one than either Alienor or Louis had expected, but as the years go by L...