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4.0 out of 5 stars
I like it very much, 2 May 2014
I have to admit that I started "King's Ransom" with certain hesitation - "Lionheart" didn't arouse my particular enthusiasm (although my opinion about this book significantly improved after second reading"). However, my hesitation turned out to be totally unwarranted. With great relish did I immersed in the story of Richard's imprisonment and his further struggle for restoration of Angevin empire. And - as probably many others - was I surprised at the story of Joanna's second marriage to count of Tolouse. And endeared to - brought up as I was on continuing stories about Raimond's notoriety and grew fond of Joanna during reading of "Lionheart", I confess I was relieved to learn that the bulk of count's bad reputation was simply the result of bias and propaganda.
The only thing I found lacking in this book was scarce appearance of Justin de Quincy.
As the Honourable Author declares, "King's Ransom" is her "farewell to the Angevins". If so - farewell turned out to be big success. But I cannot resist the hope that Mrs Penman - after the fulfilment of currently planned expedition to the Outremer - will come back to Europe and treat us to another exciting story from medieval England. The further story of formidable Edward I and - above all - the story of Edward II, his wife Isabella and sir Roger Mortimer simply just asking for retelling.