Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine is the thirteenth book in The Royal Diaries by Scholastic. It was written by Kristiana Gregory, her second book in the series. The novel was released in November 2002 and was followed by Barry Denenberg's Elisabeth: The Princess Bride.


"With love to my favorite research companions, my patient sons, Greg and Cody."

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"June 24th
Such excitement...the horsemen announced travelers, and Count Geoffrey of Anjou arrived an hour later with some of his chevaliers. Petra and I peered from the stairs down to the great hall and saw the visitors. I decided we must put on our loveliest dresses right away. The count is taller and even more striking than Father... Geoffrey the Handsome is our name for him. When he pushed back his hood of chainmail, his hair fell to his shoulders in brown curls. The tunic over his armor was blue with a golden crest. He and Father greeted each other warmly... The reason for Count Geoffrey's visit? He has invited Father to go to war. He is just twenty-three-years old and needs help invading Normandy. And without thinking twice, Father said yes! I worry he has made another terrible decision....



Main article: List of Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine characters


Main article: Kristiana Gregory

Kristiana Gregory (born 1951 in Los Angeles, California) is a children's author. Her debut novel, Jenny of the Tetons won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction. Gregory has written five books in Dear America, three in The Royal Diaries, and three in My America.


"Much appreciation to Father John F. Donoghue, Diocese of Boise, Idaho, for his colorful explanations and insights into the twelfth-century Roman Catholic Church: and to Annie Anderson, a good friend and careful reader."


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