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The Winter Crown

Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
Series: Eleanor of Aquitane, Book 2
Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Eleanor of Aquitaine

A loving mother. A betrayed wife. A queen beyond compare.

1154

Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful women in Europe, is crowned queen of England beside her young husband Henry II. While Henry battles their enemies and lays his plans, Eleanor is an adept acting ruler and mother to their growing brood of children. But she yearns for more than this - if only Henry would listen.

Instead, Henry pushes Eleanor to the sidelines, involving himself with a young mistress and denying Eleanor her rightful authority. As matters reach a crisis, Eleanor becomes caught up in a family rebellion. And even a queen must face the consequences of treason....

Award-winning author Elizabeth Chadwick continues the fascinating story of a queen fighting for her rightful place in a world of divided loyalties and passionate betrayals.

©2014 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2014 Isis Publishing

Critic Reviews

"An author who makes history come gloriously alive." (The Times)

 "Meticulous research and strong storytelling." (Woman & Home

 "A sumptuous ride." (Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

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excellent

loving the continuing story of Eleanor. looking forward to the next installment of how she copes with this next chapter of her life

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Powerful and compelling story

A powerful woman who endured all that was thrown at her. Wonderfully told and interpreted

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Easy to listen to and enjoyable

Katie Scarfe's narration was excellent for both male and female parts. The story was well written and enjoyable.

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Excellent story

I really enjoyed this well written, beautifully expressed story. The characters live and breathe and emerge from the pages in captiveating form. An excellent reading.

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  • Kelly
  • 01-01-2017

This series is more romance novel than history.

Unfortunately this book feels more like a romance novel than good historical fiction. Eleanor of Aquitaine was a strong, heroic woman of the middle ages. She was twice queen consort. She was the mother of multiple kings. She was prisoner, thinker, leader. She suffered many devastating losses. She was superbly intriguing and is a perfect example of what it means to be a feminist. But in this series she often comes off as whiny and simpering. She is dependent rather than leader. I am surprised by all the five star reviews. I have read many better historical fiction novels, and several about Eleanor. Average at best.

Ms Scarfe doesnt help rescue the book either. Her interpretation enhances the bodice ripper aspects of the book. I listened to all three rather than returning them, but I would not waste your credits if you are hoping for a deeper analysis of the history and of Eleanor herself.

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  • Tracey
  • 12-03-2015

Enjoyable

Light on historical details. I would have liked more depth in the historical sense. It's more like a historical romance

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  • Dr. Lance Moore
  • 04-12-2014

Beautifully written and narrated

Where does The Winter Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 3

Who was your favorite character and why?

eleanor

What does Katie Scarfe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

characterization. she is wonderfully talented

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

i found myself "down in the dumps" when I finished the book. will listed again!

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  • Gaylie
  • 04-03-2019

a Lost Queen

just awsome trilogy loved Elenenor and can't wait to start the third book. And find out if Henryll loses and she wins.

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  • Diane
  • 25-01-2019

Amazing!

I have enjoyed this book immensely. Finished very quickly, as I had a difficult time putting it down. The narrator, too, is the one of my favorites. She captured all of the passion and heartfelt emotion of Eleanor's plight.

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  • Nora
  • 07-07-2018

Wonderful

How can anyone not like this book! I listened to book one and two: I can’t wait for my credit so I am purchasing book three. This narrator brings every character to life five stars all around.

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  • RThompson
  • 09-05-2018

Wonderful historical novel

The writer and the reader make midevil Europe come alive. I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy.

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  • Susan V.
  • 07-10-2017

loved it

excellent all the way thru.great listening. voicing was good character development great. accuracy very good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-2017

Ack qwi tane

I can't handle the pronunciation of Aquitaine. She says Accutane. That's a medication. It's driving me crazy.

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  • Shannon
  • 11-06-2017

What a tale!

That this has true historical facts woven throughout adds a dimension to this read that strikes my heart like only the best books I have read. I am not a fan of royal novels but this series is a huge exception in my reading tastes. I identify most with Isabelle with the soft heart but I am also sure that faced with the trials Eleanor faced I would react much the same. She was indeed a worthy predecessor of women's strength and will. Highly recommended!!

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  • Jen Berry
  • 16-10-2015

What about the rest

I'm hoping that there will be another book detailing the queens detainment and her sons battles with the king, the Kings eventual death in France and the rise of Richard, the lionheart. Eleanor was a formidable woman the wife of two kings and the mother to two kings of england

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  • Marilyn
  • 31-05-2019

Winter Crown

This second book of the trilogy is brilliant, going to start the Autumn Queen straight away,

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  • Connie Rea
  • 12-03-2019

The Winter Crown

These books are amazing. Let's just take a moment to think about what this lady accomplished. This wasn't modern day. This was medieval times. I just can't fathom what a remarkable person she must have been. How strong to have given birth to so many living children. To wield as much power as she did. Seriously. Read this series. I can't think of any other historical novels that have had such an impact on me.

However, let's set all that aside...

Elizabeth Chadwick is an amazing writer.

I am including one quote that stuck with me for days now.

"It was like dropping a precious crystal goblet and then receiving cuts as you picked up the shards. Just when you thought there were no shards left to hurt you, you would discover another needle-thin spike and you would bleed."

When I first read the quote, it really gave me pause. Later in the story she references the quote a few times...talking about "another shard" at different parts of the book. I found this to be so true. We don't just fall in and out of love in an instant. It happens with hundreds...sometimes thousands of tiny cuts. In our failed relationships we can all find ourselves imbedded with tiny shards of glass. I don't know...I just found that so insightful.

This is fiction...based on fact....Of course we don't know what these characters said to one another...how they truly felt from day to day...but the facts are there...and the imaginative, embellished tapestry that Chadwick displays for us is just magnificent. I can't wait to read the third instalment of this series. I have just so loved the first two book so very much...

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  • Tahira
  • 06-10-2018

Fascinating history read in a fascinating way

katie Scarfe brought the characters to life by using different intonations and styles of speaking, for each person. i enjoyed this enough to listen three times and I originally only bought it for bedside listening as I find it hard to sleep. So, unfortunately I listened intently and couldn't sleep haha so it became a daytime listen instead. Thanks this was brilliant.

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  • Juliana M.
  • 19-02-2018

Brilliant historical story excellently narrated .

It is page turner in audio. Excellent narration paited the picture brilliantly. I can hardly wait for the rest of the story .

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  • Dr Ann-Maree Nobelius
  • 09-12-2017

Depressing

Touted as a story of the most powerful woman in history its a story of relentless verbal and ultimately physical abuse. I found it increasingly hard to listen to her powerlessness and abuse...completely depressing.
The narrators lack of capacity to protray any nuance in voice made the young men sound stupid, all older men angry at all tomes and other women sound stupid. Not in enjoyable experience

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  • Nadia
  • 28-04-2017

Brilliant conclusion

Would you listen to The Winter Crown again? Why?

It'sa fantastic trilogy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elinor, because she was a remarkable woman in a society that didn't make it easy for women to distinguish themselves.

Which character – as performed by Katie Scarfe – was your favourite?

Elinor.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me cry.

Any additional comments?

The final book in a stunning trilogy. This series was amazing from beginning to end. Elizabeth Chadwick is a fantastic story-teller.

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  • Beady
  • 28-12-2016

Inner Resilience

Well written and Elizabeth makes each scene cone to life, from the throbbing headache to the weather it is as if you the reader are there with the court, or on the ride and even in the rumbling cart carrying her into her imprisonment. Now I need to hear the next book in the life of this amazingly strong queen.