Shield of Three Lions: A Novel

Shield of Three Lions: A Novel

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by Pamela Kaufman
     
 

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The return of a classic, by bestselling author Pamela Kaufman.

“Richly rewarding, superbly written. . . . The richness of the characters, the historical details, and the story as a whole make this novel a memorable reading experience.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Eleven-year-old Alix is the daughter of the baron of Wanthwaite, whose lands along the

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The return of a classic, by bestselling author Pamela Kaufman.

“Richly rewarding, superbly written. . . . The richness of the characters, the historical details, and the story as a whole make this novel a memorable reading experience.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Eleven-year-old Alix is the daughter of the baron of Wanthwaite, whose lands along the Scottish border are among the best in England. But when her family is killed and her lands seized, Alix is forced to flee from the only home she’s ever known. Her one hope of restoring her inheritance is to plead her case to King Richard the Lion Heart, who is far away in France, preparing to go on his Crusade. Alix resolves to follow him. She cuts her hair, dresses as a boy, and takes the road south to London.

Disguised as a beautiful young boy, Alix is more than befriended by the handsome and mysterious King Richard, even becoming his favorite page. Their relationship sets tongues wagging and places Alix in considerable danger as the battle for Jerusalem unfolds.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A lively romance . . . a rich picture of a romantic time . . . [Kaufman’s] detailed descriptions of a bawdy land and its people are matched well by her touching and humorous portrait of an adolescent coming to terms with her own womanhood.”—USA Today

“A romantic, sensual, ribald, rowdy—and often hilarious—tale.” —Los Angeles Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609809464
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
07/23/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
563,111
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Kaufman, Ph.D., is the author of The Book of Eleanor, a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Banners of Gold, the sequel to Shield of Three Lions—all available from Crown Publishers and Three Rivers Press. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Shield of Three Lions 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a lover of history, this book immediately caught my attention, but it was the details and characters who kept my interest. I read the book in ONE day - it was too good to put down. Anyone who loves adventure, romance, unforgettable characters, and history MUST read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun adventure eth a great dose of history. I have loved thus book since i was a teenager in the 80's.
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Avid-readerTT More than 1 year ago
Pamela Kaufman has attempted to write an alternate version of Joan of Arc. But I found this story far less than inspiring. Packed with corruption, greed, rape and other ever so savory concepts of human morality, an otherwise innocent teenage girl pretends to be a boy to join the crusades. I found it overall a fairly unpleasant book. I would not recommend it.
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balada More than 1 year ago
Great book. Lots of fun, I learned quite a bit about the middle ages, Richard the Lion King, the Crusades and royal politics and land ownership. I came to appreciate the role of women at the time and how one had to use all their strength and intelligence to survive.
Spindrift More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the plot. Sometimes felt that I needed to suspend belief in the plausibility of some plot elements. Liked the conclusion, but the ending seemed a little drawn out and overly dramatic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book was great until the end....that's where it got confusing. For me anyway. You may enjoy the suspense though. If your looking for more try the next book, but as for the third if your looking for romance you won't find it. Purely polotics
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, my nextdoorneighbor was the one that said I should read it and I did and loved it. All throught the book there were twists and turns and many surprises. The only thing I didn't get (don't read if u haven't read the book) was the relationship between Alix and Richard. I don't understand if he is homeosexual or not...If someone has read the book and understands please e mail me and explain it to me. All in all a great book, really loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and its sequel Banners of Gold when they were originally released in the 1980s. I enjoy Medieval fiction especially if it combines suspense along with humor--these books were no exception. I found myself laughing out loud at times. Pamela Kaufman's gift of description has the ability of putting the reader there in the story. The reader will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought these books (this one and the Banners of Gold sequel) recently and was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable they were to read. I love historical fiction that isn't just your normal, run-of-the-mill romance novel, and these books are perfect. I can't believe no one else has picked up on this and written a review! The author manages to inject humor and reality into a farfetched plot with great skill. Some of her descriptions regarding sanitary issues are at once disgusting and hilarious. I may have laughed out loud a couple of times.