Birth of the Plantagenets : The Lion Rampant

Birth of the Plantagenets : The Lion Rampant

Birth of the Plantagenets : Book 2, 1 MP3 Audio MP3 CD Included

by Blanche D'Alpuget

MP3 CD Publication Date: 01/03/2020

RRP  $49.95 $36.50

The second book in the captivating Birth of the Plantagenets series brings the 12th century reign of Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine to vivid life

1154. After years of manipulation and political cunning, young Henry II accedes to the throne of England, with the beautiful and indomitable Eleanor of Aquitaine by his side.

But the kingdom he inherits is an impoverished shambles after the long, troubled reign of Stephen the Usurper. Together, the tempestuous royal couple use their charisma and shrewd diplomacy to restore England's prestige and power and ensure the future of their mighty dynasty.

In order to replenish the English treasury, Henry appoints Thomas Becket, the unordained Archdeacon of Canterbury, as Chancellor. Becket is no ordinary man: born without rank, he is charming, quick-witted, a masterful intriguer and a lavish dresser with a genius for raising money. Beneath this lies a man seething with ambition, jealousy, treachery and desire.

In a dance of scheming, vengeance and forbidden passions, during one of the most turbulent and compelling periods of English history, Henry, Eleanor and Becket fight for political power and control against forces seen and imagined – each with their own agenda, each determined to hide their own shameful secrets.

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Blanche D'Alpuget

Blanche d'Alpuget is an acclaimed novelist, biographer and essayist. She has won numerous literary awards including the inaugural Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature in 1987. Her many books include Mediator: A Biography of Sir Richard Kirby (1977) and Turtle Beach (1981) which won the South Australian Premier's Award and The Age novel of the Year. It was made into a feature film in 1989.

Blanche is also well-known as the biographer and second wife of Prime Minister Bob Hawke. She first met him in Jakarta in 1970. They met again in 1976 when she interviewed him for the biography of Sir Richard Kirby. As well as writing Robert J Hawke: A Biography (1982), Blanche and Bob began a long and sporadic love affair which was to culminate in their marriage in 1995. The couple spent the next 15 years establishing a consulting company, enjoying adventure travel and international cultural/intellectual events and doing charity work Her updated biography of Bob Hawke is now published as two books: Hawke: the Early Years and Hawke, the Prime Minister.

In 2013 she released a new novel, The Young Lion, the first of a quartet about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The second in the series, The Lion Rampant, is due to be released in August 2014.

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