With The Generation comes the fourth volume in Mark Richard Beaulieu’s extraordinary cycle of novels that bring Eleanor of Aquitaine to life in a rich and complex 12th century world. Behind the walls of Paris, Eleanor is the unloved queen mother of little value to the French, aspiring to fulfill her life. Outside the walls she is a crusade legend, bringer of trade, sagacious, and wealthy woman of beauty - especially to aspiring princes.
Deliberating the end to her marriage, Eleanor plans to return to rule her Aquitaine home at age 27. Without pretext, 18 year old Henri of Anjou and she suddenly meet. In a flash, their intense relationship begins. He offers to make her Queen of England and have a noble family. There is one problem. King Stephen sits on the English throne. Eleanor’s young man has lost every battle to the monarch. Making matters worse, her husband has joined with the forces of Stephen to crush Henri’s nearby army. Intelligent Eleanor knows how to inspire men - and end war.
We enter a layered medieval world as multifaceted as Eleanor, compounded with advancing political and religious ambitions, the civil reclamation of England, and personal relationships that bridge sexuality, faith, and destiny. On the River Loire she escapes from abductors with her bodyguard. On the River Thames, she ferries adventure with her children. On The Strand she rehearses an fantastic parade to enter Paris. A rich cast of householders, a troubadour who blurts his true feelings, and a Justicer of England, as well Eleanor, Henri, and their dear friend Thomas Becket distinguish this landmark series, redefining historical fiction as a web of unforgettable characters who build on their lifetime of experiences. Ultimately, she comes to know the forces of love and family, embarking on a many thousand mile journey across medieval England and France to create an empire. There is mystery in love, and young adventure for one of the greatest queens you never knew.
June 2017 Edition