Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review: To Be Queen by Christy English

To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine
To Be Queen by Christy English

Paperback, 380 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by NAL Trade

Goodreads Description:

After her father's sudden death, fifteen-year-old Eleanor is quickly crowned Duchess of Aquitaine and betrothed to King Louis VII. When her new husband cannot pronounce her given name, Alienor becomes Eleanor, Queen of France.

Although Louis is enamored of his bride, the newly crowned king is easily manipulated by the church and a God that Eleanor doesn't believe in. Now, if she can find the strength to fight for what she wants, Eleanor may finally find the passion she has longed for, and the means to fulfill her legacy as Queen.


Eleanor of Aquitaine was only fifteen when she married the King of France. Can you imagine the responsibility of being married at fifteen...and being Queen? Holy cow!  A lot of times while reading historical fiction I forget that it is about  people that actually lived and breathed but Christy English made the "characters" in this novel become real to me.  I liked the flow of the book and I was thoroughly entertained. I recommend reading this novel.