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Lionheart (Making of England Book 4) by [Binns, Stewart]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in Making of England (4 Book Series)
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A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction . . . this is storytelling at its best (Daily Mail)

About the Author

Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic. He then pursued several adventures, including a stint at the BBC, before settling into a career as a schoolteacher, specializing in history. Later in life he began a successful career in television. He has won a BAFTA, a Grierson, an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries.

The Darkness and the Thunder is the second novel in Stewart's Great War series. The Shadow of War was the first. His previous Making of England series: Crusade, Conquest, Anarchy and Lionheart, were published to great acclaim.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3144 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FFMA9V8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Valerie Gail bartlett TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2015
Format: Paperback
This was a fantastic read around a subject that I enjoy immensely I could not put it down it starts in 1176 - England King Henry II reigns over a vast empire that stretches the length of Britain and reaches the foothills of the Pyrenees. But he is aging, and his powerful and ambitious sons are restless. Henry's third son, Richard of Aquitaine, is developing a fearsome reputation for being a ruthless warrior. Arrogant and conceited he earns the name Richard Lionheart for his bravery and brutality on the battlefield. After the death of his brothers, Richard's impatience to take the throne, and gain the immense power that being King over a vast empire would bring him, leads him to form an alliance with France. And so, Richard begins his bloody quest to return the Holy Land to Christian rule.
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2013
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I have had to do some thinking about this review, i feel a need to explain my feelings without them being misinterpreted, So:

Im not a member of the BNP, im not a fan of UKIP (who in many peoples eyes are the BNP but without the courage to sign up for them.) what i am proud of is being English, im not a raving flag waving, bulldog tattoo'd bloke. I have come to love my country despite the national need to feel embarrassed about it, to feel if you celebrate St Georges day you are a racist. My love of history has not hindered that love of nation, in fact it has deepened it, to read and understand what this tiny nation has achieved is quite simply astounding.

So its always been great to read each and every book in this series by Stewart Binns, a series that from the start pulls together the different races/ nations that have attacked, conquered/ invaded and interbred with this mongrel nation that calls itself Great Britain. Anyone who reads this series should take heart, seeing how our national identity has been formed, forged in battle, mixed nations providing different temperaments and skills and behaviours. (The Saxons the, normals, the celts, the pics, the romans, the Danes etc..) . We are now adding the dogged hard working poles / eastern block nations, the history, passion and mystery of asia, the African nations etc.. This will all for me make Britain a greater nation in the long run.

I apologise for going all nationalistic in a review, but that the joy of this series, this is how it makes me feel, proud. The story of Richard is im sure told with some poetic licence, regarding his alleged family history, and the talisman. But he plot, the characters, the emotion of the story, that is classy writing. That is something that makes it a must read.
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Stewart Binns should be forced to teach history to the younger members of our population, he is a superb writer who pulls you in to his storytelling. He makes historical facts and fiction merge together and,as the reader, you become desperate to discover what happens next - I have devoured all of his books and will continue for as long as he continues to write.
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The whole book felt like it was a report from the main character, there was no warmth in the words, the descriptions were bland and unfortunately though the author had a good story there was no interesting about reading it
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I should have read the synopsis and not bothered - somewhere it says for adults `and teenagers' so I should have known it would be over glamorised and sanitised. I see that all the other reviews so far are 5* but I'm sorry this is Lionheart lite - every male character is a great fighter and chivalrous and every woman is attractive in some way and promiscuous. On that point The Lionheart beds just about every girl he meets (whereas historically he was well known as `a friend of Dorothy') All a bit too `Boys Own' (no pun intended). He uses some fable to link the, historically well researched, waypoints in Richards's life to link it all together and for me I was just glad to finish it - again sorry to you 5*ers!
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Stewart Binns has written an engrossing biographical novel of the life of King Richard I, known as the Lionheart, the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Richard was a fascinating historical character, one of legendary acclaim. At the tender age of 16, Richard successfully led his first army to a victorious win against rebels who thwarted his father. History describes him as a valiant, courageous, competent military leader. Wise, gallant, and shrewd, he was fair, generous, but could also be ruthless and unwavering.

Stewart Binns has done an exemplary job of bringing to life this fascinating man with all his faults, endearing qualities, and struggles. Of all the books written on Richard the Lionheart, this novel was particularly compelling because the author has a talent for writing historical facts without drowning the reader in an over abundance of mundane political and historical detail. Truly, the story was easy to follow, with each character being adequately introduced and easily remembered. Poignant interactions, intense battle scenes, and rich storytelling all worked together to splendidly keep me enthralled to the end. Brilliant descriptions made me feel as if I could reach out and touch Richard the duke, the knight, the warrior. This is truly one of the best books of Richard the Lionheart I have ever read. A men's adventure tale definitely worth reading.
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