Sunday, December 6, 2009

Eye Candy - Duchess of Aquitaine

Marcia at The Printed Page and Daphne at Tanzanite's Shelf and Stuff both like to blog about book covers that catch their eye. Their examples have inspired this post. I am also a bit of a cover junkie, and I came across this one that I thought was beautiful and just had to share. I tend to like covers that feature art, though a nice photo will attract my attention as well.


Book summary:
Beautiful and brilliant, Eleanor is the daughter of the duke of Aquitaine, whose glittering court is the twelfth-century birthplace of courtly love. For all of the duke’s boasts that Eleanor has the brains of a man and the soul of a warrior, everyone knows that a girl of fifteen cannot possibly hold the richest dukedom in France. Everyone, that is, except her dying father, who insists on leaving Eleanor his most valuable provinces---and making her prey to the first baron who rides in to kidnap her.

Eleanor, though, is not content to sit idly by and let herself become a victim, and devises a plan to marry the heir to the throne of France. While her alliance to Louis VII may be a dazzling one, her husband is a cautious man whose wit and courage do not always match Eleanor’s own, and she ultimately finds herself seeking an even greater match with Henry II of England. Sweeping from the courts of Paris to the perils of the Crusades, Duchess of Aquitaine gloriously illuminates the life of one of the most powerful, resourceful, and fascinating women in all of history.
If you like looking at book covers, here are a couple of blog suggestions:

Daphne at Tanzanite's Shelf and Stuff also has a blog called Tanzanite's Book Covers that features "The good, the bad, and the ugly in Historical Fiction covers," which is fun to look through.

And for giggles, there's a blog that features awful covers too, called Cover Junkie.

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