The Revolt by Clara Dupont

About The Book

Richard Lionheart tells the story of his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In 1173, she and three of her sons instigate a rebellion to overthrow the English king, her husband Henry Plantagenet. What prompts this revolt? How does a great queen persuade her children to rise up against their father? And how does a son cope with this crushing conflict of loyalties?
Replete with poetry and cruelty, this story takes us to the heart of the relationship between a mother and her favourite son – two individuals sustained by literature, unspoken love, honour and terrible violence.


My Thoughts

This is not the book I use to read, is totally out of my comfort zone, a historical story told in first person and told like a biography! But you know what? I loved it!
This is the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her descendants, how she made a revolt against the English king, her husband Henry Plantagenet. But these are not the thoughts of a crazy woman who decided to fight against her husband but a way to fight for what she thought it was her. Let’s be honest, she was not an easy woman, made of steel, not much of a talker but a caring mother in her own way. This is a book of fights and betrayals, of hate and love inside a royal family and how a woman that is more advanced than her era has to fight for her rights.
This is a short book, but in a way you can feel the weight of the story on your back, it’s not an easy story to tell or to read, there are some bits that I was aware of but others were unknown, such as how the legend of Richard the Lionheart started.
I know that this is a fiction book but I felt that the author has done a great job investigating all the details from the history of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard I of England, it was a very interesting read and made me want to know more of both characters. A delightful read that I will read again soon, so many wisdom words and interesting details that I can’t wait to enjoy again.
Are you ready for The Revolt?


About The Author

Clara Dupont-Monod studied ancient French at the Sorbonne, and began her career in journalism writing for Cosmopolitan and Marianne. Her novels often draw on medieval myths and history, and have been nominated for the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Femina, two of France’s most prestigious literary awards. She lives in Paris, and has been haunted by the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine for many years.