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Lionheart

Ut 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. Bad Son Bad King Bad Husband but Medieval RockstarSharon Kay Penman continues her saga of the most dysfunctional family of the twelfth century the Plantagenets with this first of two books about Richard Henry II and Eleanor of Auitaine s third son who later became known by his nickname Lionheart In fact he s the only English monarch not known by his reignal number If you said Lionheart to someone today they would probably know you were talking about King Richard the First of England the epitomy of the Crusader and medieval supermanThe story starts out slowly and with a fictional character that sort of kind of disappears into the background midway through the first uarter of the very long book never to be seen or heard again While I understand the author s use of the character to introduce us to the kingdom of Sicily and Richard s youngest sister ueen Joanna of Sicily I thought it was unnecessary Joanna s story gives a back story to the conflict brewing among the nobility of southern Europe and we see Richard as a loving brother and diplomat someone you don t mess withI didn t like the Richard in Penman s trilogy that preceded Lionheart He was a spoiled nasty boy and adolescent with nothing but vengeance on his mind He doesn t like his brothers and sees them as the competition Granted his father Henry didn t have the best parenting skills but Richard was as brutal and mean with his brothers as he was with Henry going to war with them whenever his precious Auitaine was threatened He was considered Eleanor s favorite and that comes out in the story I was glad to find Richard a sympathetic character in Lionheart mature but just as reckless and daring courageous on the battlefield leading his army into bloodbath after bloodbath getting out of one impossible tight spot after another and surviving Richard takes the cross the oath to fight for the restoration of Jerusalem after the battle of Hattin and the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 Here Penman gets repetitious The massacre known as the Horns of Hattin and the fall of Jerusalem to Salah al Din is mentioned in almost every chapter as a lesson to be learned No one wants to repeat this horrible mistake Also the description of Richard s royal ship The Sea Cleaver comes up than once as do the affinities of the men closest to RichardTthe political battles between the Kings of England and France were telling and well portrayed the less than Christian behavior and attitude of the Kings of England and France toward one another made taking Jerusalem even difficult than the superior forces of Salah al Din If anything the infighting between the monarchs made the Third Crusade a failure in my opinion They were too busy fighting each other to concentrate on defeating Salah al DinWe see the Lionheart in action from battle to battle whether on the desert sand or in a castle hall Richard s prowess as a battle commander and a warrior was legendary in his own day and he was mobbed like today s rockstar by his admirers Penman shows us Richard the egomaniac his entry into the port at Acre is an event to be witnessed In fact he makes a spectacular entrance everywhere he goes His men loved him because he walked among them toiled and fought alongside them and put his own safety aside to protect them Above average in height and looks he was a dashing prince and one to be obeyed Penman does a fine job showing thisI appreciated that Penman didn t fall back on the Victorian supposition that Richard was gay Few if any chronicles of his time make this claim He was promiscuous and had one known illegitimate child a boy and he was taken to task bishops for neglecting his wife Penman shows a man who goes about the motions of being married trying to be a husband If Berenguela of Navarre had been a trebuchet or arbalest Richard would have paid attention Still he s no monster just a man with a mission to reclaim the Holy Land from the infidels and the mission is his mistress War is what Richard knows and it s what he does best He was also well read a poet and a musician but it was the warrior everyone loved and fearedThis is another Penman book that gives you history and entertains while offering a lessonI m looking forward to The King s Ransom I m dying to find out what went wrong between Richard and his ueen and how Penman will deal with the Blondel legendA good reading experience and a great introduction for those who have never read about Richard I Planet of the Bugs uarter of the very long book never to be seen or heard again While I Fishes of the Open Ocean understand the author s Out of Bounds (Boundaries, use of the character to introduce Grass, Sky, Song us to the kingdom of Sicily and Richard s youngest sister Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos ueen Joanna of Sicily I thought it was The Illusionists unnecessary Joanna s story gives a back story to the conflict brewing among the nobility of southern Europe and we see Richard as a loving brother and diplomat someone you don t mess withI didn t like the Richard in Penman s trilogy that preceded Lionheart He was a spoiled nasty boy and adolescent with nothing but vengeance on his mind He doesn t like his brothers and sees them as the competition Granted his father Henry didn t have the best parenting skills but Richard was as brutal and mean with his brothers as he was with Henry going to war with them whenever his precious Auitaine was threatened He was considered Eleanor s favorite and that comes out in the story I was glad to find Richard a sympathetic character in Lionheart mature but just as reckless and daring courageous on the battlefield leading his army into bloodbath after bloodbath getting out of one impossible tight spot after another and surviving Richard takes the cross the oath to fight for the restoration of Jerusalem after the battle of Hattin and the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 Here Penman gets repetitious The massacre known as the Horns of Hattin and the fall of Jerusalem to Salah al Din is mentioned in almost every chapter as a lesson to be learned No one wants to repeat this horrible mistake Also the description of Richard s royal ship The Sea Cleaver comes O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, up than once as do the affinities of the men closest to RichardTthe political battles between the Kings of England and France were telling and well portrayed the less than Christian behavior and attitude of the Kings of England and France toward one another made taking Jerusalem even difficult than the superior forces of Salah al Din If anything the infighting between the monarchs made the Third Crusade a failure in my opinion They were too busy fighting each other to concentrate on defeating Salah al DinWe see the Lionheart in action from battle to battle whether on the desert sand or in a castle hall Richard s prowess as a battle commander and a warrior was legendary in his own day and he was mobbed like today s rockstar by his admirers Penman shows One for My Baby us Richard the egomaniac his entry into the port at Acre is an event to be witnessed In fact he makes a spectacular entrance everywhere he goes His men loved him because he walked among them toiled and fought alongside them and put his own safety aside to protect them Above average in height and looks he was a dashing prince and one to be obeyed Penman does a fine job showing thisI appreciated that Penman didn t fall back on the Victorian supposition that Richard was gay Few if any chronicles of his time make this claim He was promiscuous and had one known illegitimate child a boy and he was taken to task bishops for neglecting his wife Penman shows a man who goes about the motions of being married trying to be a husband If Berenguela of Navarre had been a trebuchet or arbalest Richard would have paid attention Still he s no monster just a man with a mission to reclaim the Holy Land from the infidels and the mission is his mistress War is what Richard knows and it s what he does best He was also well read a poet and a musician but it was the warrior everyone loved and fearedThis is another Penman book that gives you history and entertains while offering a lessonI m looking forward to The King s Ransom I m dying to find out what went wrong between Richard and his Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, ueen and how Penman will deal with the Blondel legendA good reading experience and a great introduction for those who have never read about Richard I

CHARACTERS Lionheart

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. I have enjoyed all of Sharon s books but this one ranks up there with Sunne in Splendor in terms of completely resetting my opinion of a person from history I started the book being indifferent to Richard I grudgingly had to admit chapter by chapter that he began to grow on me By the end he really had endeared himself to meAs with all of Sharon s books the characters are classic Penman luring you into their world where you see them as than just figures from history but living breathing humans I have not come across many authors who have the ability to make you feel so much for the characters in a story the way Sharon does Be prepared for some powerful emotions to be evoked in this oneHere are some of my thoughts posted on Facebook immediately after finishingFinished What a ride I think Lionheart is my favorite of the Angevin series because it surprised me than any of the other books and changed many of my views I did not expect to have my opinion of Richard changed nearly this much It sounds so trite to say the book is full of dimension but I don t know any other way to put it When others have managed to portray the same events in 2D Sharon has managed to go somewhere between 3D and 4D As Sharon states in her AN that a friend of hers said There was a reason Richard was Eleanor s favorite I can see it now Thank you Sharon Brilliant Absolutely brilliantSunne and HBD series are still topping the list of favorites but each of these books is appealing to me for vastly different reasons Lionheart did not have the same gut wrenching pain as Sunne and HBD but it was full of so many other things I could uote Sharon s entire AN and it would basically say it all for me The colorful details the better than Hollywood events the complexity of emotions surrounding a certain massacre between political need and personal disgust at it Each little detail was like a dot of paint on a canvas Combine those dots of light with the compelling complexity of Richard s fully developed personality as seen in a way I ve never experienced before and you have a very compelling painting I spent most of Devil s Brood being very confused by Richard and wanting to thwack Henry upside the head Lionheart was a lightbulb for me regarding Richard On a completely different note my mind was swimming from the overwhelming amounts of research that Sharon had to do Her list of references was astounding I always tell everyone she is my favorite novelist but she is also an historian of the highest order

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From the New York Times bestselling novelist a stunning story of a great medieval warrior king the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Auitaine Richard Coeur de Lion They were called The Devil's Brood though never to their faces They were the four surviving sons of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Auitaine With two such extraordinary parents much was expected of them B. Over the years I have tried several different novels that focused on the Lionheart whilst he was on crusade yet none of them really managed to engage me although they did make for good sleeping pills I d about given up hope on ever finding one that would hold my interest until word came that Sharon Kay Penman was planning to continue her Angevin series with a book on Richard and I was dancing with joy if anyone could do it the fabulous Sharon Penman could Was I boredNo I was notI think everyone knows the bare bones of this story as well as all the myths and legends that have sprung up around it so I ll pass on trying to recap it and just share my thoughts on the reading experience I absolutely loved how the author portrayed Richard He is very much a man of his times a king and a warrior who did what was necessary to get the job done and keep his men and women safe I loved his sardonic wit and had many laugh out loud moments I felt his anguish at some of the tougher decisions he was forced to make as well as his frustrations with the constant backstabbing and suabbles amongst those who were supposed to be his allies damn those double dealing Frenchmen His sense of timing and drama were perfection oooh that last minute swoop into Cyprus to save the day once again you just can t make that stuff upAnd how did Richard s ueen Berengaria fare Imagine being torn from your home and family married to a virtual stranger trekking half way around the world surviving perils on the high sea the stench and disease of a military camp and yet she handled it like a seasoned pro Richard s sister Joanna was another favorite very much a chip off of the old Angevin block and always there to knock some sense into her hard headed brother when neededWhile I enjoyed this novel a great deal this is not a light and easy read and is one best read without all of life s little distractions no kids so it can be savored as only a Penman novel should be The cast of characters is large and complex there are a lot of POV switches as well as complicated politics and back history the reader needs to take in If you are looking for a light easy read with romanticized view of Richard this is probably not the book for youLastly are you going to have another great love story like Penman gave us in Here be Dragons and The Reckoning Will they smoke off the pages like Henry and Eleanor in When Christ and His Saints Slept Can t tell you that besides since there is one book coming the story is only half told but I will tell you that Berengaria s firstummmcooking lesson was priceless The bed burning in Here Be Dragons is still tops but Penmenians will love itMany thanks to you know who for coining that phrase and letting me steal use it Review copy provided by the folks at Putnam thank you


About the Author: Sharon Kay Penman

Penman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin she majored in history and also received a Juris Doctor JD degree from Rutgers University School of Law and later worked as a tax lawyer The Sunne in Splendour a novel about Richard III of England is one of the most popular books on the Historical Novel Society's list of best historical novels In following.



10 thoughts on “Lionheart

  1. says:

    Over the years I have tried several different novels that focused on the Lionheart whilst he was on crusade yet none of them really managed to engage me although they did make for good sleeping pills I’d about given up hope on ever finding one that would hold my interest until word came that Sharon Kay Penman was plan

  2. says:

    Funny how the shortest book so far in this series could feel like the longest I am unwilling to let these characters go but try as I might with this book I found it impossible to warm to Richard Richard I is remembered in England as one of our greatest monarchs I'm not sure if he has any reputation at all outside of the

  3. says:

    What rating does one give a book that was not only not read to the end but was only read to 60 pages? Only on special occasions do

  4. says:

    A uote from Carlos Ruiz Zafón I think you have to be careful with research in fiction I believe the best way to use it is to learn a

  5. says:

    I could not put this book down Ms Penman my fair lady you are a new favorite

  6. says:

    Bad Son Bad King Bad Husband but Medieval RockstarSharon Kay Penman continues her saga of the most dysfunctional family of the twelfth century the Plantagenets with this first of two books about Richard Henry II and Eleanor of Auit

  7. says:

    I have enjoyed all of Sharon's books but this one ranks up there with Sunne in Splendor in terms of completely r

  8. says:

    Ms Penman take a bow 45★

  9. says:

    If the truth be told I begin to run out of words for my reviews of Sharon Penman’s novels Without a doubt the publication of Lionheart was the most anticipated event of my literary year and I can hardly convey my impatience as I waited to get my hands on a copy One of the best things about the publication of a new Sharon Penman novel is that feeling of security which creates even higher anticipation – the

  10. says:

    Here's the problem with historical fiction the fiction part has to ring true and be as interesting as the historical part It doesn't with this book I know it got great reviews and I really wanted to like it but I just lost interest Partly it was because of some of the inane conversations that the author made up between c

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