- Hardcover: 594 pages
- Publisher: Marian Wood Book (4 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399157859
- ISBN-13: 978-0399157851
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.1 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,626,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lionheart Hardcover – 4 Oct 2011
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"The great Crusader king Richard the Lionheart comes alive in all his complex splendor in this masterpiece of a medieval tapestry by Sharon Kay Penman. She brings him and his legendary enemy, Saladin, before us, both on the battlefield for Jerusalem and in the quiet of their private chambers. It's as if you were there, in this strange, beguiling, vanished time that haunts the Middle East even today. Penman has triumphed in capturing its elusive essence and the blazing glory of the English king called Lionheart." -Margaret George, author of "Elizabeth I: A Novel" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The epic story of heroic yet controversial Richard the Lionheart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Sharon Kay Penman states that she had preconceived ideas about Richard - his unsuitability for kingship, his irresponsibility and arrogance, and his disregard for England - but that through her research for the other Plantagenet novels, she came to see another Richard: the Lionheart who inspired his men, thousands of miles from home, who shared their suffering and dreams, who fought bravely, with a realistic strategy, and who, after all, was never an Englishman. While Penman accedes that Richard was, or became, a bad husband and that his heart wasn't in England but in Aquitaine and on the battlefields of the Holy Land, she presents here the Lionheart that his men and family knew, not the one that history condemns. It's refreshing to find him both flawed and very likeable.
Lionheart covers the Third Crusade, which was far from glorious.Read more ›
I was intrigued ahead of time about how Penman would portray the very different worlds of Sicily, Cyprus and Outremer, compared to the familiar settings in her novels of western Europe, but in treating these locations and their unique environments and cultures with as much care and detail as she does our old stomping grounds of Wales, England and France, Sharon Penman creates these new places just as thoroughly and believably. As per usual, Sharon is tackling a political situation of intense complexity, with a veritable cast of hundreds of characters, but again by rendering this deftly and carefully she keeps everything clear and understandable. This is a point of particular importance for me, since so many historical fiction authors shy away from conveying the full story when the history gets complicated, and it seems to be out of fear that readers just won't understand and will then slam the book for being too confusing. Not once during the course of reading Lionheart did I feel confused or have to go back and re-read due to bewilderment. I cannot stress enough just how much this contributes to the overall quality of the writing.Read more ›
This being the case, although the novel is well written as is all Penman's material, it is not up there with her best.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay, it took me 4-5 months to read this but that's what happens when you have a job, a family and you try to write your own stuff too! Read more
It was either a case of scoring 4 * for the in-depth analysis of the numerous characters mingling around King Richard or scoring 2 * for a complete lack of descriptions of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Darius
A read for historical fiction buffs. Pacy, informative, keeps your interest page by page. Anticipating the sequel whatever happens next?Published 10 months ago by Stuart
Again Sharon has written another great book full of love, hate and war great book great read.Published 10 months ago by Grimsbay