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Eleanor Plantegenet, the youngest sister of King Henry, has lived a spoiled, indulged life when she is promised to be the wife of William Marshall at the age of 9. They are wed for 7 years before she is deemed old enough to be a "real wife" to him. On the night they are to first make love, he is poisoned and dies. Eleanor is heartbroken and vows to be chaste for the rest of her life.
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Simon de Montfort is a fierce warrior who loves England as his own land though he was born in France. He greatly admires Eleanor's grandfather, who became king by forcefully wedding her grandmother. From the first moment he sees Eleanor, he wants her as his own. But first he must overcome her vows of chastity and pursue her. He wins her hand and they marry after she becomes pregnant.

In the midst of hs wooing, Englnd is starting to suffer under the weak hand of King Henry and the nobles are not happy. Simon rises as the leader of the movement. Eleanor is torn between her loyalty to her beloved husband and her brother, the king.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   political intrigue If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   sensitive Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   wealthy Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   mature


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   5-9 sex acts

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