Good King Harry

Good King Harry

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by Denise Giardina
     
 

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Set against the sweeping backdrop of medieval England, Good King Harry brilliantly brings to life one of the most fascinating, conflicted monarchs in history: Henry V. Evoking the sights and sounds of fifteenth-century London, acclaimed author Denise Giardina artfully illuminates the double-edged sword of power—and the momentous events that unfold in the

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Set against the sweeping backdrop of medieval England, Good King Harry brilliantly brings to life one of the most fascinating, conflicted monarchs in history: Henry V. Evoking the sights and sounds of fifteenth-century London, acclaimed author Denise Giardina artfully illuminates the double-edged sword of power—and the momentous events that unfold in the making of a king. . . .

A contemplative soul imbued with a compassion and mental agility beyond his years, young Harry, Prince of Wales—the future King Henry V—is marked early as the object of his father's scorn. For in the eyes of Lord Bolingbroke, his son is but a weak link in the House of Lancaster with a dangerous loyalty to the rebellious Welsh that must be broken.

As Harry reaches maturity, the battle within his heart grows fierce. Torn between the sensitivities of his soul and the uncompromising king he must become, Harry embarks on an odyssey rife with political agendas, sexual intrigue, and military combat—ultimately transforming into the accomplished monarch a volatile England so urgently demands.

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"Giardina tapped the same vein Shakespeare found so rich. She found the mother lode; out came more treasure."
—Los Angeles Times

"A BOOK THAT SHOULD DELIGHT NOT ONLY LOVERS OF THE HISTORICAL NOVEL, BUT ALL READERS WHO ENJOY FAST-PACED ABSORBING FICTION."
—Richmond Times Dispatch

"Giardina shows unusual skill as well in making psychological sense out of the dynamics of a complicated family situation in which a false move can cost one's life."
—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449005750
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Edition description:
1 BALLANTI
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,087,191
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Good King Harry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Denise Giardina captured me first with her novel, Storming Heaven. I went on to read the sequel of that novel, The Unquiet Earth. Storming Heaven was the better of the two in my opinion, but both are a great read! I came across this novel, Good King Harry, at a local used book store and had to read it. I enjoy reading historical fiction novels and I definitely recommend this novel to other historical fiction lovers out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by this author that I read and her writing is wonderful. She brought me into King Harry's world and I didn't want to leave!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story tells the tale of King Henry the Fifth. The battlelord of Agincourt, the main man on Shakespeare plays about Henry V, the man Kenngth Brannagh destined to play. This book though fictional will make you cry with the powerful words that are woven into the story. A book for this century and the next. So don't be hestitant my friends enjoy it for all. Go and read for it will sit proudly in my library until the day my breath has gone away.