|Sharon Kay Penman.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||544 / 2003|
Beautiful, intelligent, and newly divorced from the King of France, Eleanor of Aquitaine finds herself marring the much-younger Henry II of England. A queen once more, Eleanor will be challenged to stay in her husband's good graces, as he sets out to control his unruly barons and expand his own powers over a land long torn by bloodshed. By elevating his good friend and confidant Thomas Becket to be Archbishop of Canterbury, Henry thought to gain control over the Church itself. But in this second volume of Sharon Penman's Plantagenet saga, the once-worldly Becket suddenly discovers God, and his defense of the church will bring him into a bitter conflict with the king.