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Wonderful Historical Fiction
Richard I, better known in his nom de guerre "Lionheart" takes his vows seriously inclu...
Richard I, better known in his nom de guerre "Lionheart" takes his vows seriously including the one to free Jerusalem from Salah-a-Din. He leaves his kingdom and together with King Philip of France they make their way, with their armies, to the holy land.
"Lionheart" by Sharon Kay Penman is historical fiction at its best. The research is impressive and Ms. Penman doesn't try to fit the history to her story, but writes the story around history.
I have always been fascinated by Richard I or as he is better known Richard the Lionheart. It was probably the nickname and "guest appearance" in Robin Hood which spurred up the imagination of an eight year old boy more than his deeds.
The author brings King Richard to life, not only his battle glory, but also the man in all his splendor, his sardonic wit, battle commander genius and misunderstanding of women. Something most men share. Richard, which thinks of nothing of sacrificing his own life, agonized to no end about his battle plans and minimizing casualties. The battle scarred solider who understands and respects his enemies, but still understands the importance of making an entrance, whether by land or by sea.
"Richard began to curse, "Bleeding Christ! I wsa so sure that raven swine would hit us from the rear! Take over, Jaufre!"
I enjoyed the descriptions of battles, large and small, the tactics involved, the agonizing decisions commanders must endure as well as the impossible logistics of taking an army across the ocean with no means of support. The author's goes into great length describing Richard's success, some of it was luck, but most of it was meticulous planning and audacity both in the field of diplomacy and war.
While Richard I is certainly the main figure in the book, there are many others historical figures. Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, his mother, Richard's sister Joana and his wife Berengaria all have a major role in the novel, and are depicted in an interesting and involved manner.
I enjoyed this book tremendously, but be aware that this is not an easy novel to read. There are many characters, each of them a world of their own, complex, multi-faceted with strange and fascinating relationships among them. The book also includes political struggles and intense back-stories, together with the fighting (they always go together, don't they?).
The book ended at the end of the Third Crusade, Ms. Penman stated that Richard I's life was so full that it would take more books to cover. I, for one, am looking forward to the rest.
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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
$20 for the ebook, when the paperback is $16? Forget it.
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Posted October 17, 2011
Who is who?
Got through just 100 pages and could not keep up with who was who! Too many titles, names, too busy! Bored and tired after reading what little I read. Put this on the shelf as never to read again! Waste of money!
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Posted April 13, 2014
I love this author and have read all her books. BUT... $20 for
I love this author and have read all her books. BUT... $20 for a Nook book... REALLY? No thanks.
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Posted January 1, 2013