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"Archer's Tale" = "Harelquin" Be Warned.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Archer's Tale (Grail Quest) (Paperback)Okay, it's a great yarn - book one of my favourite B.C. Series thus far (excepting Sharpe, of course). But BE WARNED "The Archer's Tale" is "Harlequin" by another title. BC wanted the book to be called "Harlequin" (as it was originally release un the UK) but the Yanks, as they've a pre-teen lovey-dovey-pukey-sickey series of inoffensive 'romantic' novellas called the 'Harlequin' series the publishers didn't want angry parents complaining that their pre-pubescent, highly impressionable Young American children were being actually taught something about European History; the 100 years' War and the battle of Agincourt, through a piece of historical fiction. That said, the book is absolutely FANTASTIC even though the whereabouts of the Grail are stunningly obvious to anyone with half a brain cell (pre-pubescent Young Americans not included). The stunning brutalitly and harsh reality of life, warfare and politics in the early part of the 100 years' war is finely and easily depicted, here. Enjoy and buy the others!
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2008 13:01:19 BDT
Martin E. Toher says:
Nasty little bit of ad hominem anti-Americanism, Mr. "A Customer".
Posted on 27 Feb 2009 09:53:37 GMT
The Blind Archaeologist says:
Actually, Harlequin is a bodice-ripping romance publisher that's the equivalent of Mills & Boon. The American publishers didn't want the book to be called Harlequin because they thought buyers would assume that the book was a trashy romance novel and wouldn't buy it.
Posted on 4 Jul 2011 11:37:36 BDT
The American kids would be learning about Crecy, not Agincourt....
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