The Revolt of the Eaglets

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News of Thomas à Becket’s martyrdom has spread throughout Christendom and the blame is laid at the feet of Henry Plantagenet, King of England. Two years later, with Becket canonised, Henry’s position is precarious: punished at the Pope’s insistence for his part in Becket’s death, he now also has an enemy in his Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, after her discovery of his longstanding infidelity with Rosamund Clifford. Eleanor is determined to seek vengeance, so, with King Philip of France, she encourages her sons to conspire, both against their father and each other.

Much embattled, the old eagle Henry struggles to fend off both rebellion and the plots of his aggressively circling offspring …

‘Miss Plaidy does full justice to the trials of Henry II’s last years. The demands of the vast Angevin Empire provide strong dramatic material which she handles with her usual skill.’
Sunday Times

‘It is hard to better Jean Plaidy when she is in form … both elegant and exciting as she steers a stylish path through the feuding Plantagenets.’
Daily Mirror

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Published by Arrow Books in 2007

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Copyright © Jean Plaidy, 1977

Initial lettering copyright © Stephen Raw, 2006

The Estate of Eleanor Hibbert has asserted its right to have Jean Plaidy identified as the author of this work.

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About the Book
About the Author
Praise for Jean Plaidy
Available in Arrow Books by Jean Plaidy
I News of Murder
II Princess Alice
III The King and Queen
IV Castles for John
V The King’s Penance
VI The Rebellious Cubs
VII The King’s Choice
VIII The Queen comes to Court
IX The Young King
X The King’s Strategy
XI The Lady of Godstow
XII The Court of France
XIII Berengaria
XIV The Devil’s Strain
XV The Painting on the Wall
XVI The Curse of Heraclius
XVII The Fatal Joust
XVIII Philip and Richard
XIX The Death of the Eagle

Jean Plaidy, one of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy’s novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

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‘A vivd impression of life at the Tudor Court’
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‘One of the country’s most widely read novelists’
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‘Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting’

‘Jean Plaidy conveys the texture of various patches of the past with such rich complexity’

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‘An excellent story’
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‘Among the foremost of current historical novelists’
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‘An accomplished novelist’
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‘Jean Plaidy has once again brought characters and background vividly to life’

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‘Exciting and intelligent’
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‘No frills and plenty of excitement’
Yorkshire Post

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‘Effective and readable’

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The Tudors

Uneasy Lies the Head

Katharine, the Virgin


The Shadow of the


The King’s Secret Matter

Murder Most Royal

St Thomas’s Eve

The Sixth Wife

The Thistle and the Rose

Mary Queen of France

Lord Robert

Royal Road to Fotheringay

The Captive Queen of Scots

The Medici Trilogy

Madame Serpent

The Italian Woman

Queen Jezebel

The Plantagenets

The Plantagenet Prelude

The Revolt of the Eaglets

The Heart of the Lion

The Prince of Darkness

The French Revolution

Louis the Well-Beloved

The Road to Compiègne

Flaunting, Extravagant


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