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Lionheart

A Novel

by Sharon Kay Penman

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Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2011
    608 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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They were called "The Devil's Brood," though never to their faces. They were the four surviving sons of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine. With two such extraordinary parents, much was expected of them.

But the eldest - charming yet mercurial - would turn on his father and, like his brother Geoffrey, meet an early death. When Henry died, Richard would take the throne and, almost immediately, set off for the Holy Land. This was the Third Crusade, and it would be characterized by internecine warfare among the Christians and extraordinary campaigns against the Saracens. And, back in England, by the conniving of Richard's youngest brother, John, to steal his crown.

In Lionheart, Sharon Kay Penman displays her remarkable mastery of historical detail and her acute understanding of human foibles. The result is a powerful story of intrigue, war, and - surprisingly - effective diplomacy, played out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

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"Though hinting about events that don't take place in the book may feel frustrating, and though Penman never allows readers to meet the elusive Saladin, she ably captures the political intricacies of the time. Readers will eagerly await the next installment." - Publishers Weekly

"As in her previous historical novels (Time and Chance) and mysteries, Penman expertly weaves well-researched historical events into her fast-paced revisionist story. Certain to appeal to historical fiction fans interested in the medieval era." - Library Journal

"Penman displays her usual grasp of sweeping historical events, as well as an uncanny ability to get inside the hearts and minds of her real-life characters." - Booklist

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Sharon Kay Penman Author Biography

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Sharon Kay Penman is the author of nine critically acclaimed historical novels: The Sunne in Splendour, Here be Dragons, Falls the Shadow, The Reckoning, When Christ and his Saints Slept, Time and Chance, Devil's Brood, Lionheart, and A King's Ransom. Her tenth historical novel, The Land Beyond the Sea, was published in March of 2020.  She has also written four medieval mysteries. Her first was The Queen's Man, the queen in question being Eleanor of Aquitaine, a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. Her other mysteries are Cruel as the Grave, Dragon's Lair, and Prince of Darkness. A lawyer by training, she was a full-time novelist by her mid-thirties. She has lived in England and Wales and currently resides in Mays Landing, ...

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