The Black Lyon

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A Classic Love Story of a Fearless Lordand the Woman Who Tamed Him

Darkly handsome and rich beyond imagining, the boldEnglish conqueror was called “the Black Lyon” for hislionlike ferocity. He had no match among enemies,or women . . . until he met Lyonene, the green-eyedbeauty whose fiery spirit equaled his own.

Through a whirlwind romance andstormy marriage, she endured every perilto be by his side, until vicious lies andjealousy drove her ...

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Overview

A Classic Love Story of a Fearless Lordand the Woman Who Tamed Him

Darkly handsome and rich beyond imagining, the boldEnglish conqueror was called “the Black Lyon” for hislionlike ferocity. He had no match among enemies,or women . . . until he met Lyonene, the green-eyedbeauty whose fiery spirit equaled his own.

Through a whirlwind romance andstormy marriage, she endured every perilto be by his side, until vicious lies andjealousy drove her into danger. Now only the fierce Black Lyon cansave her—for he alone has thecourage to destroy the ruthlessplot threatening to shatterthe bond of love theLyon and his ladyvowed would neverbe broken . . .

No suitor was man enough for feisty Lady Lyonene, until she met her match in the immensely rich and darkly handsome Earl Ranulf de Warbrooke, also known as "The Black Lyon." But after a whirlwind romance, their union grew stormy, tangled by jealousy, lies and misunderstandings. . . . Reissue.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The forerunner to Deveraux's beloved Montgomery series, this 13th-century historical, first published in 1980 and focusing on the tumultuous romance between Ranulf de Warbrooke and Lady Lyonene Tompkins, is one of the author's earliest works. While not as polished as her later titles, it is a fiery delight and essential for most romance collections. This title has been reissued multiple times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380759118
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Series: Montgomery Dynasty Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 218,762
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is the author of historical and contemporary women's fiction featuring women of strong character and gorgeous, exciting men. Jude has had more than thirty books on the New York Times bestsellers list, 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading murder mysteries, working in her garden, and in boxing class she likes to show much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.

Biography

Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky, the eldest of a family of three girls and one boy. After earning a degree in art from Murray State University and studying teaching at the University of New Mexico, she taught fifth grade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She left when her first book, The Land of Enchantment, was accepted for publication by Avon books.

Jude's first books were historical, chiefly featuring the Montgomery and Taggert families. Stories of the lives and loves of these families spanned over several centuries in the US and England. They are filled with details of the history and culture of the time periods and settings of her novels. Her more recent series of books focuses on the McTern family and its descendants. The novels are set in the fictional town of Edilean, Virginia, and go from when the family arrived in America to contemporary time.

Jude's exhaustive research on every aspect of her books has made for a rich and detailed background for each of her novels. Her stories are adventurous, funny, and at times heartwarming. Jude has had over thirty books on the New York Times Bestsellers List, over 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages.

Jude has lived in England and Egypt as well as in several American states, and she has traveled around the world. She likes to read nonfiction and murder mysteries, work in her garden, and in boxing class, she enjoys showing much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.

Good To Know

Deveraux began her career as a fifth-grade teacher.

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Chapter One


Lyonene could hear Lucy's heavy step on the stone stairs and snuggled deeper beneath the thick coverlet. The January winds whistled outside the old donion, threads of cold air cutting under the wooden shutters, but her bed was warm and she planned to put off leaving it as long as possible.

"Lady Lyonene." Lucy pulled the bed-curtains back. She was an old woman now and far too fat. She'd been with Lyonene since the girl's birth and was much like a mother to her. "The lady your mother bids you dress in your gold tunic with the green surcoat and mantle."

Lyonene, who had turned toward the light only reluctantly, now looked with interest at Lucy. "The green mantle and surcoat?"

"There is a guest, an important guest, and you are to wear your finest clothes for the introductions."

Lyonene threw back the bedclothes and put a small foot on the rush-covered oak floor. The shutters were closed tightly against the cold winter, and the only light came from the small fireplace and the tallow candle on the tall iron stand by the bed. The soft glow highlighted the full curves of her slim young body. Lucy helped her mistress into the thin linen shift and then the woolen tunic, the tightness of which emphasized her womanly body. The sideless surcoat hid nothing.

"Know you this guest? He is friend to my father?"

"Oh no, my lady." Lucy fastened the thin leather belt about Lyonene's slim waist. "He is an earl, a man your father has not met, and he is a young man.,,

Lyonene stopped and stared at her maid. "He is handsome? He is a handsome young earl, fair, and rides a white stallion?" Lyonene teased the old woman.

"You shall see soon enough. Now get your comb so I may remove some of the tangles from your hair."

Lyonene obeyed and then asked, "Tell me more of him. What color are his eyes? His hair?"

"Black. As black as the Devil's eyes."

Both women looked up to see Gressy and Meg entering the small chamber with armfuls of clean linen for the bed. Gressy, the older girl, spoke. "It is an earl come, and not just any of the king's earls, but the great Black Lion himself."

"And black he is, too," Meg added.

"His eyes and hair are black as Satan's. Even his horse is all black."

Lyonene looked at them in horror. She had heard stories of the Black Lion since she was but a girl-stories of strength and courage. But each story was misted with a sense of evil, that mayhaps his strength was ill-gotten. "You are sure it is the Black Lion and no other? " Her voice was quiet.

"No other man could have such a look. I vow he gave me gooseflesh just to be near him." Gressy gave her mistress an intense look.

Lucy stepped forward. "Cease your foolish prattle! You'll scare the poor girl. Now get on with your work. I must go below to the Lady Melite." She gave Lyonene's hair a final combing and settled the transparent circle of silk in place with a thin gold fillet. "Now be still and do not muss yourself." She paused at the door, pointing a warning finger at Meg and Gressy. "And no more of this gossip. If black hair made us part of the Devil, there'd be a lot of us dreading the Day of Glory." She sniffed and patted the little bit of gray hair that showed at her temple between the barbette, a piece of linen that totally concealed her neck and chin, and the cascading veil that extended to her shoulders. Lucy imagined that her own locks were still the soot-black of her youth.

When the door was closed, Lyonene sank to the stone windowseat. "Tell me of him," she whispered.

"He is a large man ... "

"Strong . . ." Meg interrupted, but then, at Gressy's quelling look, she went obediently to her side of Lyonene's bed to catch the billowing sheet.

"Aye," Gressy continued, looking back at Lyonene and feeling confident in her audience. Lyonene would be the mistress of her own castle someday, but for now there was one area where Gressy was superior, and that was, in her knowledge of men. "He's the Black Lion and named for his Devil's blackness and for having the fierceness of a lion. It is said he can unseat twenty men at a tourney and that in Wales, in the wars there, he could hack a man or his horse in half with one blow."

Lyonene felt her face drain of color, and this encouraged Gressy to elaborate on half-heard tales.

"It is said his first wife tried to kill herself to escape him."

Lyonene gasped and involuntarily crossed herself. Suicide was a mortal sin.

"And the seven men-seven devils--he has near him . . ." Meg inserted, too excited to fear Gressy.

"Aye," Gressy said, her voice conspiratorial. "He travels with seven men, great huge men, black-haired all, but none so black as the Lion on his black horse."

"He has come here and I am to meet him?" Lyonene could not keep the fear from her voice.

"Aye. Your father and mother are below now with him. No one denies the Black Lion a request, however small." She straightened. "Come, Meg, we must go to prepare a room for this Devil's knight." She left the room, the wideeyed Meg trailing behind with the dirty laundry. Gressy was smugly pleased that she had caught the undivided attention of the two girls, for she considered them both girls, although neither was more than two years younger than she.

Outside the heavy door, Meg found her voice. "Is it true, Gressy, that this man is a spawn of the Devil?"

Black Lyon, The. Copyright © by Jude Deveraux. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    love Jude Deveraux

    An exceptional book- I would highly recommend it. It has very good character development. A classic who-dunnit.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

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    I LOVED this book!

    I was quite surprised to read that a reviewer was so put off by reading this and i had to review myself. Although the lead male does strike lyonene once it is when he believes she hates him, has cheated on him, dares to have tricked him into a marriage and he is also drunk and has many internal demons from his past (dont worry im not giving the story away this happens very near the begining) the book continues on and they overcome this initial promblem and the hero does love his heroine, truly, where he would never hurt a hair on her body. In conclusion, this is not about an abusive husband AT ALL, not even close. It is a very good read, one i have re-read many, many times and i highly reccomend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    My All time Favorite Book Ever!!!

    I love love love this book. I think I may have read this book maybe 10 times already. :) I am obessed with Medieval times and this one take the cake. This love story is amazing. The twists and turns keep you reading and in the end love prevails all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

    INTOLERABLE IN PARTS

    I was very disappointed with this novel. I am an avid historical romance reader so I know my stuff. But this novel being my second Deveraux I feel qualified to say Deveraux needs to cut back on the wife abuse. One finds it hard to love a man who can't control his temper so much so that he strikes his wife like a man. I don't find this romantic in the least and believe it is indeed a romance KILLER. I'm sad to say the violence in Deveraux's novels and the stereotype her heroes have of the 'deceitful' unloyal wife has killed Deveraux's novels. This novel specifically had more pain than love or mercy. It was a sick kind of 'true love' between the main characters if you ask me. I've personally read several romances that have a strong fierce hero who DOES NOT once strike his heroine. No matter the anger he feels. I've listed some below.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Love, love, love this book.

    Love, love, love this book.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    I love this book!!! this was my first historical romance book i'

    I love this book!!! this was my first historical romance book i've ever read. Even though heroine was raped by her *******, you have to consider the fact that this was in a different time seeting. Any way i reccomend it to anyone! it''s beautifully written and romantically emotional. And check out the author, Jude Deveraux's facebook page. She posts very interesting things everyday!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    I think its unfair to rate this book, which was published in 198

    I think its unfair to rate this book, which was published in 1980, by contemporary standards. This was written at the heighth of 'bodice ripper' popularity and wasn't nearly as ugly as some of the best sellers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Horrible, horrible book

    If you like reading about spousal abuse and rape, this is the book for you. I deleted it from my nook.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    Bought the book TWICE!

    I first bought this book when it was first published and loved it. Unfortunately it was one of many casualties of a bad divorce, so even though I had already read the book, I had to buy another copy! Everything you could ask for in a book !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2011

    highly recommended

    This is one of my all time favorite books. I've read it over and over and purchased at least three copies of this book. I really wish I could get it in ebook format for my nook. I recommend this book to everyone who reads romance it's a keeper.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    Great Book!

    This book is great!! I didnt want to put it down.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    ESSENTIAL ROMANCE READ!

    I have been a collector of Jude Deveraux novels since I was a teenager and read Remembrance. I don't think I read many other authors for the next ten years. This is to my understanding Jude's first published novel. Once upon a time, it was out of publication and I had a heck of a time finding a used copy. I read all the posts and see how many copies people have went through reading it over and over again through the years, it now makes sense why I had such trouble. You absolutely MUST read this if you like romance. It sets the standard.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A must read before you read the Velvet Saga.

    This is the first book in the Velvet saga in my opinion. Gives you the background of the Montgomery family, the lion belt history and more. Fun, fantasy and a good rainy day read.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    a favorite.

    one of my favorite books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    THE PRINT WAS Soooo SMALL & SENTENACES SO CLOSE, I RETURNED BOOK UNREAD

    EVEN THOUGH JUDE D. IS ONE OF MY FAV AUTHORS I RETURNED BOOK "UNREAD"

    THE PRINT WAS TINY & SENTENCES SO CLOSE TOGETHER IT WAS A TRIAL TO READ.
    I RETURN ALL BOOKS THAT HAVE TINY PRINT.

    I WANT TO ENJOY READING, NOT STRUGGLE!!

    Note: I ALSO E-MAIL PUBLISHERS TO GIVE MY COMPLAINT OF SMALL TEXT.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    Sweet

    Very sweet and romantic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    This is a reissue

    This book was reissued I read it in the late 80's early 90's. It was like at the start of Jude's career. However, I thought the story line was great and I have read many of Jude's books since reading this one 'this was the book that introduced the author to me'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    I love the book!

    Love the book! Can't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    Compelling and interesting

    Loved the book. Have read every Jude Deveraux book every written. This one has stayed with me as a book I really enjoyed. Loved the characters and how they came together. Love can happen that fast. I know if did for me and I have been with my husband for ten years. And it still feel like it's going to last forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    OKAY, BUT NOT THAT GREAT

    It was okay but I won't read it again. I don't see how someone can fall in love in two days. Plus the hero in the book is to agressive to his wife, not my type of book.

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