Take a Sneak Peek at Blanche d’Alpuget’s Sumptuous New Historical Novel, The Cubs Roar

Take a Sneak Peek at Blanche d’Alpuget’s Sumptuous New Historical Novel, The Cubs Roar

Like summer mist, Eleanor of Aquitaine had vanished. In Paris, her three elder sons chafed at their mother’s delay. Lord Geoffrey taunted his elder brother, Ric. ‘Seems that having planned and instigated a revolt against our father, our mother has abandoned us.’

Lord Ric’s eyes flashed. ‘She never would!’

‘But you’d hate her if she had, wouldn’t you, Ricky? Tell me, when it comes to war with Papa, will you kill him? You do hate him, don’t you?’

‘I hate you, Geoffrey!’

‘I dare you to behead our father. He was only a year older than you when he beheaded the Seneschal of Normandy – but you don’t have his courage. Mama’s Great One lacks Papa’s valour.’

Lord Ric two took long steps to reach his brother, whom he struck across the face. ‘I’ll show you valour and courage, dog!’

They had been speaking out of earshot of King Louis of France, who would lead the rebellion against the King of England. Geoffrey rubbed his reddened cheek. ‘You’re about as daring as that old man, who pisses himself in fear whenever he sees our father.’

Both princes looked at Louis, who felt their attention and turned to them. His tone was soothing. ‘I know the delay of your dear mama upsets you, boys. But your matriarch is resourceful. She was disguised as an abbess when she left Poitiers. It may be she stopped in an abbey and for the sake of good form has remained a few days longer than anticipated.’

His young wife, Queen Adela, whispered, ‘I tell you, husband, the Plantagenet has captured her!’

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        Synopsis

        Eleanor of Aquitaine has disappeared. After launching a great rebellion to destroy her husband Henry II’s reign, it seems she has abandoned her sons in the struggle against their formidable father. As treachery radiates from Scotland to the Pyrenees, tension between the kings of France and England erupts into war.Richard, the mightiest of the English princes, is determined to find his mother and avenge her. But Henry is more cunning than Richard or any of the other rebels anticipated, and the fates of Eleanor, her sons, and France itself, are in jeopardy.The final book in the sumptuous Birth of the Plantagenets series, The Cubs Roar, illuminates the tumultuous end of Henry II. A tragic history of love, power and betrayal, The Cubs Roar reveals the destruction of an empire at the hands of a broken family.
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        Blanche d'Alpuget

        Blanche d’Alpuget is an acclaimed novelist, biographer and essayist who has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature and The Age book award. Her works include Monkeys in the Dark, Turtle Beach, Winter in Jerusalem, White Eye, Mediator: a biography of Sir Richard Kirby and Robert J Hawke: a biography.

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