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With her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure.  Once a child bride, but widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity...until Simon de Montfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her, King Henry's youngest sister, the royal family's most prWith her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure.  Once a child bride, but widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity...until Simon de Montfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her, King Henry's youngest sister, the royal family's most precious jewel.  Bold, arrogant, and invincible, the towering Norman knight inspired awe in the bravest of men...and a reckless desire in Eleanor's untried heart....

Title : The Dragon and the Jewel
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ISBN : 9780440206248
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Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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The Dragon and the Jewel Reviews

  • Regan Walker
    2018-12-25 17:39

    Enthralling 13th Century True Love Story, 2nd in the Plantagenet TrilogyIn the words of the author, “The story of Simon and Eleanor is one of the great love stories of the thirteenth century,”—a story that Henley masterfully brings to historical romance, a tale of two passionate people and the historical events that swirled around them. Many women never find one true love; Eleanor Plantagenet was blessed with two, though one, William Marshall, was much older and perhaps more a father figure. The book is divided into those two love stories and each is well told and very precious. Much of this is actual history and Henley weaves fictional romance in so wonderfully, you’d never know it wasn’t fact. This is the second in Henley's Plantagenet trilogy (The Falcon and the Flower, The Dragon and the Jewel and The Marriage Prize). When King John died, his oldest son, though still young, became King Henry III. Henry had a brother, Richard of Cornwall, and a sister, Eleanor. This is the story of the three siblings, and particularly Princess Eleanor and her second husband, Simon de Montfort, the Earl of Leicester.When she is nine, Eleanor is wed to William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (the son of the great William Marshal and equally as honorable). Eleanor has loved and admired William her whole life. The fact he is 30 years her senior is not a negative for her. William wants to wait to take her as a wife in truth until she is 16. Meanwhile, King Henry takes as his queen an impoverished and ambitious French Provençal, also named Eleanor, who is jealous of the king's sister and thinks to diminish her.Others are plotting the demise of William Marshall for his influence with the king. On the night William would finally claim his bride, he suffers an attack and suddenly dies. Poison is suspected. Eleanor is devastated at his death, and in front of the clergy takes a vow of chastity and perpetual widowhood. A year later, the great War Lord, Simon de Montfort, enters her life. Once he sees her, he decides he must have her.There is no question Henley knows how to write historical romance. (She is one my mentors!) Her story reflects the weak king that was Henry III and the constant fights he had with his nobles who were concerned he was allowing England to be run by foreigners and unworthy men. Henley’s attention to detail in dress, food and the environment is meticulous. She is so good I simply devoured this novel. Like her others, this is a complex, well-written, lusty tale with splendid characters, a strong feisty heroine, a drool worthy hero (two of them!) and an interesting plot. You won't be disappointed, I promise. The Plantagenet trilogy (in chronological order):The Falcon and the Flower (1989) - late 12th century/early 13th The Dragon and the Jewel (1991) - 13th century The Marriage Prize (2000) - 13th century The Raven and the Rose (1987) - 15th century The Hawk and the Dove (1988) - 16th century The Pirate and the Pagan (1990) - 17th centuryAnd, if you want Scotland's side of the story, you can read her wonderful Kennedy Clan romances, both set in the 16th century after the events of The Raven and The Rose:Tempted (1992) The Border Hostage (2001)

  • kagit kiz
    2019-01-06 20:22

    Yazarın okuduğum ikinci kitabıydı, normalde saray entrikalarını sevmem ama Virginia Henley ikinci kitabında da bana sevdirmeyi başardı.İlkini okudugumda kitap beni çok yormuştu bi iki yeri beni rahatsız etmişti bu kitapta aynı şey olmadı dolu dolu bir kitaptı beni doyurdu salt aşktan ibaret değildi.Kahramanlarımız kraliyet mücevheri Eleanor ile savaş beyi Simon, kitabın başında Eleanor 9 yaşında 40 yaşında bir adamla evleniyor -ben okumadan öğrenmiştim ve nasıl yani çok kötü hayatta okumam demiştim çünkü ilk kitapta da benzer birşey beni rahatsız etmişti- ama o kadar hoş anlatılmış ki evlendiği adam William'ı çok sevmiştim ve ölümüne çok üzüldüm. Simon William ölmedan ülkeye gelişi anlatılıyor bi iki yerde geçiyor ama Eleanorla karşılaşmıyor, William'ın ölümüyle tam zamanlı karakterimiz oluyor ve olaya bodoslama dalıyor o yuzden aşkına ilk başta inanamadım ama zamanla onun ne kadar sevgi dolu olduğunu Eleanor'a aşkla şevkle bağlandığını gördüm ikili birbirlerinden hem zıt hemde eşler, Eleanor 1.50 nin altında boyu Simon ise 2 metreye yakın:). İkiside inatçı, tutkulu, gururlu, taviz vermez.Deli deliyi görünce değneğini saklar derler ya burda o olmuyor, belgesellerde keçileri görürsünüz boynuz tokuştururlar aynen öyleler.Atışmaları bazen beni güldürdü bazen çileden çıkardı hele Eleanor a çok saydırdığım oldu kitabımın kapağını kırılmayacağını düşünsem fırlatır atardım o derece neyse kısaca çok severek okudum güldüm, boğazım düğümlendi, ofladım ama tebessümle bitirdim tereddüt edenlere tavsiye ederim

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    2019-01-01 12:22

    This book was not that good. The purple prose smut scenes were hilarious.The hero was such a creep to me. Henley placed such an emphasis on the hero's larger body size etc in comparison to Eleanor's youth and petiteness. Big age differences and body sizes don't usually bother me, but this got to the point of ew and squick for me. I preferred her husband, who unfortunately died, so instead, we had to deal with the creep that was the Dragon. Ick.I couldn't stop reading this one tho.

  • Tracy Walters
    2019-01-05 17:23

    This book started out to be pretty interesting and by the end I was so sick of Simon and Eleanor I wanted to scream!!! I usually enjoy Virgina Henley but this book became annoying after 2/3's the way through. Eleanor was a spoiled brat who would do stupid things on a whim just to piss Simon off so he would be "rough and passionate" in bed. Simon was a good guy who tried to do right by England and succeeded, could always count on him to bed Eleanor as soon as he was home from some excursion. I just got tired of the same ole, same ole...there is more to romance than just lovemaking...I got to the point where I would roll my eyes and hope that the sex would end soon so I could get on with the story. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that the book felt as if it was repeating itself OVER and OVER and OVER with the same ole thing and I thought it would NEVER end....thank heavens for the fact that a book always has to come to an just didn't come soon enough for this one.

  • Carolina
    2019-01-17 18:36

    Really great read. I have my nitpicks of course as it happens with every historical fiction and romance, none is exempt. I became very passionate about the Provencal sisters and before that, the Plantagenets starting of course with their founder in 1154, Henry II and his ambitious but independent wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Duchess of said land and Countess of Poiters in her own right. I read extensively of her from Amy Kelly's biography "Eleanor of Aquitaine and the four kings" de Mede's "Eleanor of Aquitaine" and Weir's "Eleanor of Aquitaine". My favorite being the first for such extensive use of sources and footnotes. Going on, after reading fiction of Perinot's "Sister Queens" then Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherri Jones, I went on to read Sisters of Provence by Nancy Goldstone, not a fiction but a biography of the four sisters who wed into royalty and at one point became Queens.Henry III then became such a great topic of interest, the son of a domineering and ambitious but very vain mother, Isabella d' Angoloume and John I, grandson of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Despite wanting to favor his half siblings and keep everyone happy, as someone would say "the good you do often does not do you very good" and in Henry's case as shown in this magnificent historical romance, it is very true!Henry III was very much in need of approval and this was shaped from being thrust into the throne, albeit having men to rule for him during his minority, so young and having a mother who left him and his siblings. He was not ready for that responsibility. Then comes Eleanor of Provence, a wife who is independent and strong woman but who like his grandmother has ambitious of her own.At the heart of the story are Henley's two main characters, also real people; Henry's sister -Eleanor Plantagenet and Simon de Montfort.Their romance is well written, hot, steamy. Everything you want in a spicy romance, their depictions are flawed, very human, they are not perfect. They each have strengths and weaknesses that aid and also set them back. This makes the characters more real and brings these real people back to life.However, as far as the characterization of the Provencals, mainly Eleanor of Provence I have to disagree. While she was vain and very detached from the people, and ambitious no doubt, she was also a loving partner of Henry III, and very close to her sisters. She could be very charismatic and was Henry III's inner strength through the hard years of facing enemies. Most of the rumors and slander against her was because she was a foreigner, and while Eleanor did make mistakes with her extravagance as did Henry; she was nevertheless one of the backbones in Henry's life. Had it not been for her going to France where her sister, Marguerite was Queen and asked her for aid to help her husband against the rebels. She was very close to her older sister, very devoted to family in times of need.Despite this though, the novel still stands out as it depicts a well written love story, it does not white-wash the brutality and politics of the time when politics and sex were very linked together. Virginia Henley writes beautiful descriptions of the fashions, the food and other living components of the time.A book I highly recommend.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-22 20:34

    I think I just found my new favorite author in the historical romance section. This book is not just a romance but a historical novel as well. So much attention to detail is given that it will be a sin to peg it as another romance novel. This book had me running to Wikipedia the whole time I was reading it and I am proud to say that I know more about King Henry III and his reign now than I did when I started this venture. Whoever thought the Story of Simon De Montfort and Eleanor was this interesting. Makes me wish she wrote more books relating to that period. Though there were some inconsistencies in the historical information used the author has managed to capture the essence of that time period and had me thinking of nothing else for the two days I had after finishing this book. I liked her writing style and the characters are well developed. I loved her Hawk and Dove and I love this even more can't wait to read her next book.

  • Res
    2018-12-28 16:34

    The one where Eleanor, sister of the young Medieval king Henry III, is married at nine and widowed at seventeen. I gather she finds tempestuous true love later, but I didn't stick around.I force myself to read fifty pages before I give up on a book, so I read fifty pages entirely made up of three things: someone gazing at something (often a mirror) and reflecting on a huge shovelful of exposition; people talking to one another and handing back and forth slightly smaller shovelfuls of exposition; and breathless descriptions of Eleanor's beauty, her passionate nature, and how different she was from other women. Oh, and the occasional screaming anachronism, as when Eleanor says, "I must be psychic."

  • Tiffany
    2019-01-24 17:34


  • Selin
    2019-01-08 16:48

    Harikaydı... ara ara ilk kitabın deliliğini arsamda bu kitaba da hayran kalmadım değil... umarım serinin devamını çok beklemeyiz...

  • Plum-crazy
    2019-01-07 12:36

    The turbulent love affair between Eleanor Plantagenet & Simon de Montfort...."a passion that would erupt in scandal & rock the embattled realm, staining the pages of history with blood & betrayal....igniting the pages of history with the rapture of all-consuming love...."Oh, I loved this book to read over & over again.

  • Hilary
    2018-12-30 16:42

    Historical: Simon de Montfort & Eleanor Plantagenet (she was daughter of Prince/King John from the days of Robin Hood). So must be 1200’s England. Pretty good writing - amusing and touching points. The message it gave grated a bit - the girl’s first love was the man who treated her intellect as equal and shared all decisions with her. Her true love, though, was the one who got his way by assaulting her senses. He believed that because he was the man, she should toe the line without protest or explanation. In the end she finally got to that point and then they lived happily ever after. Yes, he respected her intellect, but he didn’t often utilize it and more often got angry with her for using it herself.

  • ѕєяєηιтι
    2019-01-22 19:38

    4,5Bu yazar bayan karakterleri çok arayıpta mı bulup yazıyor anlamıyorum. Hepsi bi alem ilk kitapta Jasmin'e acayip sinir olmuştum burdaki Elenor da sinirdi gerçi Jasmin kadar sinir olmadım ama olsunHem sinir oluyorum hemde okuyorum bu yazarı okutuyor kendini orası kesin.Elenor'un ilk kocasını çok sevdim ama onunda sonu iyi olmadı Simon'da asıl oğlanımız hoştu ama beni bazı yerlerde sinir etti o da Henry'e sinir oldum karısına akrabalarına Richard'a.. Hani sinir olmadıklarımı saysam daha çabuk biter liste:DBol entrikalı bol atışmalı ve ihtiras dolu bir kitap..

  • Nihann~
    2019-01-04 18:21

    4,5Kitabın yarısından sonra imla hataları çok vardı. Bir ara ergen text messagelerı okuyormusum gibi hissettim... "off snne be slk .s .s" beklemedim de değil hani...(view spoiler)[ Kule olayını çözememişsin bebeğim(yazara gelsin) bak o daha güzel olabilirdi. Adam kuleye hapsettirdi sonra şap şup tereyağlı ballı ekmek falan ve kız hemencecik affetti. Bak sadece burası bizimlea değil yoksa gerisi hep bizimleasin. (hide spoiler)]

  • Kats Burn
    2019-01-07 12:28

    This is Virginia Henley at her best. This is the second of the Medieval Plantagenet trilogy. Simon De Montfort takes your breath away. It seemed as close to being historically accurate as it could be. The novel had suspense, humor, and the most steamiest scenes one could endure. Take a chance and fall in love with another set of Virginia Henley characters.

  • Draven
    2018-12-24 19:35

    While it felt like it took FOREVER for Simon and Eleanor to get together (she spent the first quarter of the book married to some old war hero) it was worth the wait! While I feel that in her more recent outings, Henley has lost her touch, Dragon and the Jewel is one of her best. The love scenes are X-rated steamy hot, as you'd expect from one of the original masters of the genre.

  • Romance Reader
    2019-01-17 12:50

    I love Ms. Henley's writing and this is some of the best. One of the greatest aspects of this book is that it's based on the stories surrounding one of the greatest love matches of Medieval England. (Don't get any pretenses of historical accuracy though!)

  • Angelie
    2019-01-22 12:27

    i love this book ♥ i was able to know simon de monfront, earl of leicester and his beloved wife, eleanor of england. i've learned a lot about the battle of lewes and the reign of henry III. a really good read :) hope to read more from ms. henley :)

  • Melis
    2018-12-31 16:28

    Onu bunu herkesi bıraktım. Diğer okuduğum bütün adamları saldım ben Simon de Montfort gibi birisini istiyorum. Bana ondan bulup, getirin yaaaa... Simonnn ay lev yee koccaman <3 Eridim bittim bütün kitap boyunca allam.. Simonnnnnnnnnn

  • Katherine
    2019-01-18 13:45

    Best of this series.

  • Amy Lala
    2019-01-13 17:48

    First and favorite historical romance story.

  • AA
    2019-01-23 14:29

    nothing like living with 100 women to have more than enough trash novels to pass around!

  • Brenda
    2019-01-24 18:23


  • Rhondasue
    2019-01-16 16:49

    Love this story!

  • Tara
    2019-01-07 18:33

    couldn't put it down...

  • Diana
    2019-01-13 12:20

    I really liked this book! I loved the fact that there was so much detail. This is definitely going in my favorites!

  • Theresa Almeida
    2019-01-14 16:38

    He is still one of the sexiest characters ever! I loved her books!!!

  • Frits
    2019-01-13 20:20

    this book was an awesome read!

  • Maggie
    2018-12-28 12:26

    Great romping read, lots of historical detail, intrigue, saucy romance and a great hero and heroine. What more could you ask for? Would recommend as a really good read.

  • Victoria
    2019-01-06 15:37

    Loved this book!

  • Paganalexandria
    2019-01-14 14:28

    Favorite historical of all time. It's Virginia Henley's best work in my opinion.