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The Passionate Brood [Paperback]

Margaret Campbell Barnes
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30 Nov 2010
In this compelling novel of love, loyalty, and lost chances, Margaret Campbell Barnes gives readers a new perspective on Richard the Lionheart's triumphs and tragedies. Drawing on folklore, Barnes explores what might have happened if King Richard's foster brother were none other than Robin Hood, a legendary figure more vibrant that most in authentic history. Thick as thieves as Richard builds a kingdom and marshals a crusade, the two clash when Robin Hood so provokes the king's white-hot temper that Richard banishes him. The Passionate Brood is a tale of a man driven to win back the Holy Land, beset by the guilt of beinh the lionhearted leader of the Plantagenets.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc; Reprint edition (30 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402242050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402242052
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Margaret Campbell Barnes has been one of the most reliable of England's Historical Novelists.' --Chicago Tribune

'Barnes vividly depicts Anne's hopes and fears in an ange where royal marriages were brokered like a cattle fair, and beheading could befall even a Queen.' --Publishers Weekly on Brief Gaudy Hour

'Rich in detail and flows beautifully, letting readers escape into Anne's court and country life. It is a must read for those who love exploring the dynamic relationships of Henry VIII and his wives.' --Historical Novels Review on My Lady of Cleves

About the Author

Margaret Campbell Barnes lived from 1891 to 1962. She was the youngest of ten children born into a happy, loving family in Victorian England. She grew up in the Sussex countryside and was educated at small private schools in London and Paris. Margaret was already a published writer when she married Peter, a furniture salesman in 1917. Over the next twenty years, a steady stream of short stories and verse appeared under her name (and several noms de plume) in leading English periodicals of the time, including Windsor, London, Quiver and others. Later, Margaret's agents Curtis Brown Ltd, encouraged her to try her hand at historical novels. Between 1944 and 1962, Margaret wrote ten historical novels. Many of these were bestsellers, book club selections and translated into foreign editions. Between World Wars I and II, Margaret and Peter brought up two sons, Michael and John. In August 1944, Michael a lieutenant in the Royal Armoured Corps, was killed in his tank in the Allied advance from Caen to Falaise in Normandy. Margaret and Peter grieved terribly the rest of their lives. Glimpses of Michael shine through in each of Margaret's later novels. In 1945 Margaret bought a small thatched cottage on the Isle of Wight, off England's south coast. It had at one time been a smuggler's cottage, but to Margaret it was a special place in which to recover the spirit and carry on writing. And write she did. All together, over two million copies of Margaret Campbell Barnes's historical novels have been sold worldwide.

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This has both the things I like from a historical novel - love and war. I didn't find it as gripping as some other books by Margaret Campbell Barnes because she talked about the whole family rather than getting right inside one person.
Some characters are more appealing than others, such as the sweet Berengaria or the feisty Joanna. It is one of the nice things about historical fiction that shadowy historical women are made to come alive, with all their thoughts and feelings and romances.
I didn't feel the Robin Hood thing worked very well, and the family seemed too Anglo-centric, with barely a hint of their French lands and ancestry.
As usual I'd take some of the history with a pinch of salt. For example towards the end of the book John has a baby called Henry, the suggestion being that this is the future Henry III, who was not born until 1207, 8 years after Richard's death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Historical Fiction 21 Jan 2014
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Margaret Campbell Barnes was a very intelligent woman who wrote the kind of fiction that is right up my street: intelligent historical fiction. What I like most about her is that even though she writes about times long past, which are always a different country, she has a finely tuned sense of both human psychology and the flaws and motivations of her characters: the good, the bad and the ugly. She can make the great men and women of the past real to you; she shows you why people might have fallen at their feet but she never makes them out to be saints. Plus, the past comes alive as she appeals to all of your six - yes, six - senses to put you right in that 'other country'. Her book about Anne of Cleves is another very clever psychological portrait - not only of her Anne, but also of her Tudors, as she as created them. The fact that we don't know whether this is a 'true' representation doesn't matter since the novel is fiction anyway; it is the truth of the world she creates that matters and, due to her skill and intelligence, the reader never doubts this 'truth'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Realistic 12 Aug 2013
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Once I start reading this I can't put it down. This book really mkes you feel that you are looking into the past.It was lovely to receive this book so quickly and in good condition. Would use this seller again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 17 May 2013
I really enjoyed reading this tale of Richard the Lionheart and what might have happened if King Richard's brother was the legendary outlaw Robin Hood. It starts before Richard became King and draws you in with the family and their intricate relationships and ends with Richard's dying moments wishing for forgiveness for his actions. An amazing book that I found difficult to put down. Margarent Campbell Barnes has not disappointed with this twist on two tales.
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