The marriage negotiations were under way but things had hit a bit of a bump in the road in the form of Eleanor’s rights and property. Can we say pre-nuptial please? Louis’ camp wanted Aquitaine and Eleanor would never let that happen. For that to come to pass it would have to be literally over her cold dead body. In the end Eleanor got what she wanted and she did not sacrifice Aquitaine to get it. It came down to Eleanor would keep her land and when she produced an heir and he came of age the Aquitaine would pass to him. When the moment finally arrived for her to meet her all but legal new husband Louis it was love at first sight. Louis was a handsome man but to Eleanor it was wasted on his pious ways. Eleanor would come to find out that Louis had not always been destined for the throne and he was not the man she thought he should be.
Louis was not originally meant to rule France and that was because he had an older brother. His brother from a young age was in kingly training and since Louis was the younger brother he was sent to the church. He was destined for a life in the church and grew up believing he would be a very active part of the church. His brother would pass away and Louis would become the new heir. It would be an understatement to say Louis was pious because the reality of his and Eleanor’s situation is that Louis even as King Louis lived like a monk in a monastery. Louis was pious and a bit too zealous in his practice for Eleanor's taste. That was not the kind of life Eleanor signed up for she did not want to live like a monk. Eleanor was a woman that was built for passion and Louis would never be able to give that to her and it would be their marriages undoing.
- PG-13 Rating for some sexual references
- FTC-This novel was sent to me by the publisher for review.