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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (26 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553583549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553583540
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Lemon on 5 Jun. 2005
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Madeline Hunter's skill for the understatement of emotions to emphasise the depth and intensity of them is superb. The complete lack of "flowery language" in depicting the hardship and joys of the main characters makes for compelling reading. Once again rich in historical detail, this novel pleases with an even paced and well-crafted plot. Anna nurses Morvan through the 'Black Death' and this creates a tense awareness between them. Morvan swears to protect and help her to secure her holdings and people. Anna enjoys an unconventional independence, for the time-period, that she vows to uphold against all odds. She needs Morvan's assistance to conquer an old enemy, little realising that she is besieged from inside as well as outside the castles walls - the former siege being Morvan's desire to claim the lady as his own. The clashes between Morvan and Anna take them from Breton to England and back again, interwoven with an irresistible and sensual passion. They strategise and re-strategise before they manage to forge an understanding of the interchangeable protector-role that moulds and strengthens their love. The reader found it particularly satisfying that the author managed to spin this tale of clashing wills and a fight for independence, within the framework of a deepening love, without demeaning the strength and free-spiritedness of either of the characters. Madeline Hunter is a writer that hugely benefits the genre of historical romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loupop on 20 Mar. 2010
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As I expected from Madeline Hunter, yet another great read. As ever Ms Hunter creates engaging characters set against a rich historical background with a compelling and ultimately fulfilling storyline. Morvan and Anna are a well matched pair and as ever the brief glimpse of David and Christiana from 'By Arrangement' is always welcome.

As always, I look forward the next book as soon as put down the previous one in the case of all Madeline Hunter's novels so far. A consistently strong romance writer whom I can't recommend highly enough.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2001
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This hero of this book is the brother of the heroine in By Arrangement, so you have a little 'catch up' with the 'happy-ever-after'. The politics of Brittany don't get in the way of a reasonable story, although the heroine gets a bit too annoying, and rescue of our hero at the end is a little .. strange ..
I found By Design a better book, but I'm not about to throw this one to the charity shops..
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Love in the Time of the Black Plague 21 April 2005
By ellejir - Published on
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Madeline Hunter writes excellent medievals, and this book is no exception. While not as emotionally wrenching as "By Possession" or unique in character as "By Arrangement", "The Protector" is a well-told tale with a wonderfully strong hero and heroine and rich historical detail.

"The Protector" is the story of Morvan Fitzwaryn, brother of the heroine of "By Arrangement" and a knight who has sworn to regain his family's lost lands--lands that he had been forced to surrender as a young boy. He encounters the lovely and unconventional Lady Anna de Leon when she rescues him from a group of fearful Breton villagers about to torch the cottage where he is sheltering with his plague-infected squire. Anna has been left as the political and military leader of her Breton castle following the deaths of her father and brother and the devastation of her own people by the plague. When Morvan himself is infected with the plague, Anna (who has survived the plague previously) nurses him and supports him emotionally and a special bond is forged between the two. In gratitude, Morvan vows to protect Anna and lends his sword when Anna's enemies attempt to take over her castle. Morvan is fascinated by Anna's strength and beauty, but Anna has vowed never to marry as she does not want to be in any man's power.

Anna is a wonderfully unusual heroine, marvelously strong and capable of holding her own with the men on the battlefield, she is insecure about her own attractiveness and cannot believe that the gorgeous Morvan would want her for herself and not for her lands and wealth. I found Morvan to be a hero worthy of Anna--strong enough to control her wilder impulses but gentle with her as well. There is an onslaught of negative reviews on this site about Morvan (strangely, most dating from January 6th and 7th, 2005), criticizing him for being too domineering and crushing Anna's spirit, but I saw that part of the book as two *very* strong people learning to accept each other and redistribute the balance of power. Anna really had the majority of the power at the beginning of the book, and I would not have been happy to see her marry someone that she could ride roughshod over. Morvan's rules and restrictions were primarily to protect her from her enemies and to maintain harmony in the castle. The power clashes were inevitable and very realistic considering the very strong willed heroine and alpha male hero and the compromises that both ultimately make for their love are touching.

In summary, this is a very well-written medieval with an unusually strong heroine and hero. The historical details about the plague are interesting and well done.

Highly recommended.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Another Excellent Medieval Romance 28 Jun. 2001
By Jean Mason - Published on
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Madeline Hunter has done it again. She has crafted a compelling romance with fascinating characters set against a rich historical tapestry. THE PROTECTOR will add to her growing reputation as one of the most promising authors to come on the scene in quite a while.
THE PROTECTOR is Morvan Fitzwaryn's story. Morvan was introduced in Hunter's first book, BY ARRANGEMENT. He is the son of a baron whose holding was seized by the Scots during one of the many border skirmishes that plagued the north of England. The loss of his patrimony means that he must earn his way with his sword and he has spent several years as a mercenary, fighting in the endless wars between England and France. Now he is on his way home, but he is forced to take a detour when Black Death strikes his troop.
Morvan is taken in by Anna De Leon, the daughter of a Breton lord. Anna's father and brother died of the plague but she survived. She nurses Morvan through the illness (yes, it was possible to survive the plague with good luck and good care). Morvan believes that he must protect his savior from the dangers that beset a Brittany engulfed in civil war. He also feels a deep attachment to this unusual woman who can ride and fight better than many men. But as a property-less knight, he can aspire to be no more than her protector.
How Morvan and Anna become husband and wife, how he convinces her that she is not - as she thought - unfeminine and unlovable, how a strong man and a strong woman work out their relationship and how they defeat her long time enemy is the basis of the story.
Fans of BY ARRANGEMENT have clamored for Morvan's story. I am certain they will be completely satisfied with this tale of how he finds love.
Full disclosure compels me to admit that Madeline Hunter is a friend of mine. But I have no hesitation in staking my own reputation as a reviewer on my evaluation of THE PROTECTOR. This is an excellent medieval romance.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Morvan's story continued... 9 July 2001
By Kayce Cawthon McCarty - Published on
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The main characters - Anna and Morvan - were well shown. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded and the tricks and turns Ms. Hunter included throughout. Both survivors of the Black Plague, these two medieval warriors battle both on the field and off! Their story is poignant and yet at times humorous. It has a nice balance of scenery, characters, and history. Some of her people believed Anna to be a saint, others were not sure about being led by a female "lord". Then you have Morvan who was English which was not the thing to be at that time in that place! Which is the lesser of the two evils - female or English. Ahhhh, that is the question and it was answered over many wonderful chapters.
I was glad to see Morvan back and look forward to the next book (I believe the title from the excerpt was, "A Thousand Knights"). From what I read, it looks to be another installment as it mentions Harclow (Morvan's home lost by a siege in which his father was killed).
An adventurous read which can keep you glued to your chair late into the evening! I recommend this one to all Madeline Hunter fans and anyone looking for a good escape for an evening. I found it went quite well with M&M candies. Please just don't tell my son where his little bag went!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
pleasantly surprised 26 Feb. 2005
By M. Snider - Published on
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I have mixed feelings about this book, but overall I think it is getting short shrift from a lot of the other readers. It isn't perfect, but I think Hunter is an engaging writer willing to take risks - when was the last time you read a historical romance with the bubonic plague as a backdrop?

The first half of the book to me was excellent. Morvan seemed arrogant, yes, but we are in medieval times here folks -- what knight isn't arrogant? I do agree that Anna seemed surprisingly 21st century in her attitudes, however, unlike some historical novels that rely on your suspension of disbelief completely (as if a medieval village is going to turn over the reins to a 20 year old girl?), this town has literally been destroyed by the plague -- she's all that's left. Plus, they give you the "crazy" Breton wife of the revolutionary leader at that time who was also leading armies as some evidence that this could happen - granted it's unlikely -- but if you've read a Johanna Lindsey lately, at least Hunter makes an effort.

Mostly I thought Hunter did a good job portraying what it must have been like to basically wait for your death. In a time without modern medicine, no one knew who was going to live or die, or why. The bond that Morvan and Anna form seemed beleivable. It was also reasonable to me that Morvan would be accepting of Anna when he thought he was going to die, but then not when he realized he was going to live ---> again a medieval knight is not going to let a woman be in charge. Obviously because we're 21st centrury women readers, we know he's going to have to give in/change ---> but it is nice to see that it takes some effort on both their parts to compromise.

I liked it -- I think you would too, it is worth a read if for nothing else than an interesting background and characters.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommend 30 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
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Madeline Hunter's romance novels are the best historicals that I ever read and this one is no exception. A honorable knight Morvan is nursed back to life from Black Death by a female warrior and saint (so believed by locals in Breton), Anna. Then he swears to protect this beautiful but innocent heiress from the greed and lust of other men. And he does so by making her falling in love with himself.
It is less angst-ridden than previous ones such as By Possession and By Design but the bleak description of Black Death and war rampaging the Medieval Europe casts the lives of characters fragile and vunerable and makes the love between Morvan and Anna more passionate, urgent, and sweet. Villains are believable combined with the intelligently-provided historical background information, and protagonists are not so overly grandiosed as to become unbelievable as we often find in other romance novels.
Madeline Hunter's greatest strength is her talent of seamlessly weaving a love story in a vivid and accurate description of history with an uncanny balance that satisfies both romance and history readers.
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