(From the publisher):
He was nineteen when they married, she eleven years his senior, newly divorced from the King of France. She was beautiful, headstrong, intelligent, an heiress to the riches of Aquitane. Of him it was said he was Fortune's favorite, but he said a man makes his own luck. Within two years, Henry had made his, winning the throne of England.
Together, this formidable couple, bound to each other by passion and mutual respect, would employ their extraordinary charms to fashion a kingdom out of a bundle of feuding fiefdoms. That the ties that bound them would ultimately unravel as Henry betrayed Eleanor for younger flesh neither could foresee at the start.
And yet he also leaves a stain that cannot be cleansed. Hoping to subdue the Church - and against the advice of his Queen - he raises his closest confidant, Thomas Becket, to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury. But the once worldly Becket suddenly discovers faith, their alliance withers in the heat of his newfound zeal. What Becket believes is his holy mission Henry sees as arrant treachery: The way is paved for a murder that still echoes down to us more than eight centuries later.
Original title: Time and Chance
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The "royals"