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Roberta Gellis
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Alinor Devaux, is beautiful and very rich. She is also an orphan, but her grandparents had not left her defenseless. She has been trained to manage her estates and to rule her vassals. But then the old king dies and Alinor becomes the ward of Richard Coeur de Lion. Alinor knows that her safety and the well-being of her precious lands rests on her ability to make her warden, Sir Simon Lemagne, her willing slave. Sir Simon has known many women, but never one like Alinor. He is an easy victim. But Alinor tumbles into love. Soon Sir Simon is the only man she will take as a husband. But Simon is no suitable match-he is poor and has no political power. The king would make no profit by permitting Simon to marry Alinor. In their struggle to be united despite the obstacles in their path, Lady Alinor and Sir Simon are swept from the Royal Court in England into King Richard's Crusade, through the king's conquest of Cyprus and into the Holy Land. They endure bloody battles and heartrending separations before Simon convinces King Richard to allow their love fruition in marriage.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books; Reprint edition (Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373836554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373836550
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,750,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roberta Gellis' "Roselynde," is Book One of "The Roselynde Chronicles," a series of six extraordinary novels of historic fiction. This epic saga of the heirs of the English land holdings, Roselynde, begins with the story of Alinor Devaux. Lord Richard, later to be called King Richard, Coer de Leon, is soon to be crowned. The year is 1189 AD and Alinor is sixteen years old. Her grandfather, and sole guardian, died recently, leaving her the wealthy heiress of Roselynde, Mersea, Kingsclere, Iford and many other estates, including a busy port to France, making Alinor a marriage prize many coveted. She had been raised by her grandparents to read, write and use her ample intelligence to manage the estates that would be hers someday. Most woman of this period were not taught to be literate, let alone to manage estates and accounts, vassals and serfs, to maintain discipline and be judge and jury. Since her guardian's death, Alinor performed these responsibilities successfully. She and her vassals had been in training for many years - Alinor to lead and rule, and her people to respect, protect and follow her.
Queen Alinor of Aquitaine, Dowager Queen of England and Richard's mother, visits the Roselynde holdings to determine what is to become of the wealthy heiress. On the one hand the Queen believes that Alinor should be wed and have her husband take responsibility for her wealth. On the other hand, she identifies and sympathizes with her namesake. The elderly Queen had been raised to be freethinking and independent, and as a young woman had given many of the great men of Europe and Byzantium a run for their money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb historical fiction of the Middle Ages 17 Jun 1999
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Alinor of Roselynde has her heart set on marrying the man of her choice, rather than being forced to wed for the sake of her lands and wealth. Single minded, feisty and intelligent, she decides that it is Simon Lemagne or no-one and sets about getting him. If the above sounds like your average pot boiling romance, let me assure you it's not. Gellis knows her history and she confidently brings to life in 3D the characters of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Prince John, King Richard and several lesser historical luminaries. The heroine, Alinor is still the right side of twenty. Simon is in his forties, so it's not all bulging muscles and heaving bosoms. The progress of the love story is told with tenderness and humour. These are 'real' full-blooded characters who almost walk off the page and there are some moments in this story that are absolute gems. The scene where Alinor has been cooking the castle books and Simon finds out and loses his temper is a classic. The wedding night scene is brilliant too - no mawkish sentimentality here. I would recommend the entire Roselynde series to anyone who enjoys an intelligent, true to life, pacey read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars living history 2 Dec 2003
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A very passionate book where one can easily be transported to the medieval period. With very little imagination one can picture word after word, its caracters, the pain, the fear, but mostly the love that transpires throughout the book. A very different way of seeing the events and its characters of the 12th centuary from the moderne historical writers.A book that will hold you to the end and leave you wanting more.
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