Knight's Courtship (Harlequin Historical Series)

Knight's Courtship (Harlequin Historical Series)

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by Joanne Rock
     
 

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Quiet and studious, Lady Ivy Rutherford is content merely to observe the intrigues and scandals of Queen Eleanor's glittering court. But then the Queen insists that Ivy would be the ideal mentor for notorious heartbreaker Roger Stancliff. Her duty? To transform the arrant knave into a courtly knight. A simple task for such a proper lady!

But in the sultry

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Quiet and studious, Lady Ivy Rutherford is content merely to observe the intrigues and scandals of Queen Eleanor's glittering court. But then the Queen insists that Ivy would be the ideal mentor for notorious heartbreaker Roger Stancliff. Her duty? To transform the arrant knave into a courtly knight. A simple task for such a proper lady!

But in the sultry castle grounds just who is educating whom? Chaste, courtly love seems much less appealing than losing herself in the passion of Roger's arms….

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426807541
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Harlequin Historical Series , #812
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
593,355
File size:
193 KB

Meet the Author

Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has penned over sixty stories for Harlequin. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly--love is worth fighting for. A former Golden Heart recipient, she has won numerous awards for her stories. Learn more about Joanne's imaginative Muse by visiting her website www.joannerock.com or @JoanneRock6 on Twitter.

 

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Knight's Courtship (Harlequin Historical Series) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joanne Rock's THE KNIGHT'S COURTSHIP is a truly inspired Medieval historical romance that recasts the troubadour traditions into a new genre, revitalizing a highly stylized and conventional genre to modern readers. A truly clever romance! The heroine Lady Ivy Rutherford in this romance is a woman troubadour in Eleanor of Aquitaine's court. Eleanor led a rebellion against her husband Henry, the king of England. Eleanor was a patron of the arts. Her court (and Eleanor!) was a trailbrazer, known for its art, sophistication, luxury and the wonderful troubadour poetry which sang the praises of love. Rumor has it that she and her women held mock trials, judging men on their refinement and manners. Henry seeks to rein in his queen and sends Roger Stancliff to spy on Eleanor's court and report proof of her treason. As a troubadour, Lady Ivy Rutherford sets about to educate the knave Roger and teach this womanizer the ways of courtly love....will she tame this scoundrel and teach him the ways of courtly love or will he teach this idealistic dreamer poet the real earthly pleasures of love? Political intrigue threatens to put an end to the games of love and their education. Despite Lady Ivy's noble spirit and her mother's noble birth, her father belongs to the lower merchant class. The different social and economic classes between the two make a love match no easy thing in a time when marriage was often an economic and political institution. All these external complications threaten to intrude upon the lessons of love, but the dark secrets the hero and heroine have kept from one another may be more menacing yet. Can a Medieval intellectual woman poet find true love or does love exist only in poetry? Will she discover her heart? Will the infamous knave Roger put aside his past? Can earthly real love also ennoble the heart and spirit? In the original Old Provencal language, troubadour poetry works on homophonic puns in the original, one level lofty and platonic and another quite erotic and sometimes bawdy. You can imagine how it might work when the word for heart and body sound like the same word and the poets sing the praises of one but also the other---in detail. The puns in the entire Old Provencal language abound, creating double, triple and quadruple entendres! Joanne Rock's romance itself is neither erotic nor bawdy. Instead, she plays with those poles in her creation of the hero and heroine characters, two people who represent the two poles of troubadour poetry. Lady Ivy is a troubadour who lacks experience in real world love and envisions love as a dreamy romantic idealistic image. Roger Stancliff has a reputation as a womanizer, well versed in seducing women for more earthly experiences of love. The author even touches on the Latin religious satire of courtly love in defense of marriage in the creation of her hero, but in an inspired manner and true to the romance genre, she transforms this satirical literary tradition into a facet of her characterization of the hero, a man who understands ins and outs of love in a more earthly lived manner and who values marriage. The question is who is going to educate who. How can these two characters and these two poles discover true love? I just absolutely adored this book! I cannot imagine how an author could have been more attuned to all the nuances of troubadour poetry. Joanne Rock added more by casting it all within the romance genre and adding another entire understanding to the idea of love. At times, I could easily imagine I was reading a translation of a Medieval work... and yet this romance adds something new and much appreciated by this reader to the highly stylized Medieval literary tradition.
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