Lionheart: A Novel of Richard I

Lionheart A Novel of Richard I Richard of England was known as Lionheart He was a King unbeaten in battle His sword carved out a godlike legend from the battlefields of France to the blood soaked sands of the Holy Land He was Engla

  • Title: Lionheart: A Novel of Richard I
  • Author: Martha Rofheart
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  • Page: 425
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    Richard of England was known as Lionheart He was a King unbeaten in battle His sword carved out a godlike legend from the battlefields of France to the blood soaked sands of the Holy Land He was England s most romantic and heroic king, a passionate and sensitive man, great warrior, poet and musician, and a charismatic leader, blindly adored by the knights he commandedRichard of England was known as Lionheart He was a King unbeaten in battle His sword carved out a godlike legend from the battlefields of France to the blood soaked sands of the Holy Land He was England s most romantic and heroic king, a passionate and sensitive man, great warrior, poet and musician, and a charismatic leader, blindly adored by the knights he commanded, deeply loved by than one woman But one woman captured his heart She was a woman unchallenged in the lists of love Blondelza, as daringly independent as she was beautiful She lived by her wits and talent on the stage, and refused to yield to any man who was not her equal In a royal court brimming with political intrigue, delicate alliances, and fierce jealousies, these two came together though all their world conspired to keep them apart two proud and free spirits held in thrall by a passion that threatened to consume them both In this masterly novel set in the time of the bloody Crusades and the intricate Courts of Love, the fiery Plantagenet rulers come to life Richard s father, the boorish womanizer, King Henry II his mother, a legendary beauty and a unique woman of the medieval world, Eleanor of Aquitaine his brothers the princes, vying for land and loyalty and power And at the very centre is Richard himself and the woman he loved above all others, the talented and free spirited Blondelza, mother of his illegitimate son, who mocked the laws of God and man STIRRING AND DRAMATIC PUBLISHERS WEEKLY VIBRANT AND COLOURFUL LIBRARY JOURNAL Martha Rofheart 1917 1990 was an American writer of historical novels, an actress and early in her career, a model She is also the author of Fortune Made His Sword and Glendower Country Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

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    • Krista Baetiong Tungol says:

      Lionheart: A Novel of Richard I weaves both real and imagined accounts of Richard I of England through the eyes of six personalities: himself as a raw boy and later on as England’s king; Mercadier, his loyal mercenary captain who nurtures a gloomy past; Blondelza, a jongluerese who is both his mistress and great love; Berengaria, the wife who loves him unconditionally despite his blatant neglect; Alexander (of Neckam), his foster brother and personal chronicler during the Third Crusade; and El [...]

    • Helen says:

      Martha Rofheart (1917-1990) was an American author of historical fiction who wrote several novels on subjects as diverse as Cleopatra (The Alexandrian), Henry V (Fortune Made His Sword) and the Greek poet, Sappho (Burning Sappho). Lionheart, her 1981 novel on England’s King Richard I, is the first of her books that I’ve read and although I had one or two problems with it, I did enjoy it and am looking forward to trying her others. The story of Richard I, known as the Lionheart, is told from [...]

    • Linda says:

      I recommend the book despite the grammatical errors in it. The book does involve Richard Lionheart, but it is not just about him. The author played fast and loose with history in her writing, but the reading ease made me overlook such atrocities.I did like the author's use of other characters to tell Richard's history. The author did not waste time with any person or subject that did not affect the life and times of Richard Lionheart.

    • Country Junction Mercantile says:

      Enjoyable read. I liked the character perspectives.The story of Richard the Lionhearted, told form the perspective of several of the main characters, including Richard himself. In this story you'll go from the castle to the battlefield, meet soldiers and Queens. The author did an excellent job of capturing the period's customs and atmosphere, both good and bad.

    • Kathleen says:

      3.5 Stars- I really enjoyed the early years but not the troubadour parts. A special sort of reading experience, Richard's early years told from different perspectives.

    • Sandra McIntier says:

      Brilliant.

    • Michelle says:

      I read 10 chapters and had no idea what I was reading.I'm a fan of historical fiction but I just couldn't get into this one.

    • Patricia says:

      An epic saga of life in the 12th century, the lives of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Crusades, courtly love, troubadours and Cathars. The story focuses on the life of Richard I, the Lionheart, told from the perspective of several people: Richard (historical), his mother, Eleanor (historical), Alexander, his foster brother and scribe (historical), Berengaria, his wife (historical), Mercadier, his mercenary (historical), and Blondelza his long-term lover (fiction). Richard is described as "t [...]

    • Ria says:

      A wonderful fictionalised account of the story of Richard the Lionheart, a courageous king who earned the approval of one and all, his subjects, knights, women, his charisma ensured he charmed everyone.Told from his childhood onwards and from many different points of view from the characters who knew him the novel charts his progress to adulthood to the times of the bloody crusades and his love for the two women who would figure largely in his life, the "Glee" maiden and part of the troubadour s [...]

    • Elaine says:

      Geoffrey Plantagenet, married to William the Conqueror's granddaughter, Maud, was the first of the Plantagenets. He got this name because he always wore a sprig of planta genesta (common broom flower) into battle. Henry II, ( Maud's son) and Richard the Lionheart's father is remembered as the king who murdered a saint (Thomas a Becket) Richard III was the last Plantagenet king.Richard I, Lionheart, led the third crusade. He did not conquer Jerusalem but made a treaty with Saladin to allow Jerusa [...]

    • L. (Slay the meaty ones!) says:

      Richard lives up to the 'Dick' part of his name in this book. A good chunk of the story reads like The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis as Dick seems to be constantly on the hunt for Miss Right Now, with important historical events being mentioned off-hand. ("And then he rebelled against his father.") When Dick eventually does find Miss Right, I didn't feel the love. I think he was just feeling sorry for someone saddled with the name Blondelza. Seriously, that's got to be one of the worst names ever. [...]

    • Rohit Kilpadi says:

      Wonderfully written. Easy to read, with a smooth story line, each chapter in the voice of one of the characters. This gives a well rounded view of the happenings in Richard's life.Can't wait to read more books by Martha Rofheart

    • Naomi says:

      At first it was a little hard to get into. I guess I was more used to the flowing writing styles of Tisdale and Delacroix. But I am so glad I stuck with it. It was a fabulous read. I loved how the story progressed with each new section being told from a different character's perspective. It gave me more insight at every turn.

    • Melissa Ann says:

      At first the switching view points rather annoyed me but then it got interesting to see the different views of the king. I really did enjoy the story a great deal, it was a fun read even though it did drag a little bit in some spots. I cried terribly at the end though.

    • Debra S. Rowland says:

      LionheartI enjoyed the pace of the book. Not overwriting any one period of his life. I also enjoyed the changing narrators giving different views of Richard. But the histories I've read painted him as cruel and hard, not at all his character in this book.

    • Ramona Lott says:

      Wonderful book.I feel like I know the king and his mom. Sad that he couldn't marry the love of his life. This is well written and one of those books that you have to get to the end yet are missing the people who live within as soon as it is over.

    • Tocci says:

      One WordBoring. The chronicles of this king stay true to historical documents. However the made up details and characters are so drawn out, that I was too bored to care. I finished a too long tale and give three stars for effort.

    • April says:

      I liked the different narrators to add depth to Richards life but I had a hard time getting involved into the story.

    • Sheila Lowe says:

      A novel of Richard I, told by himself as a boy, his mother Eleanor, his friend, his love and from Richard as a man. Very unique.

    • Leslie says:

      Brain Food: Scandal Level: Violence: Must be ___ old to read: Read if you liked: Re-readability:Thoughts:

    • Dee says:

      not what I expected.but interesting ideas about Blondel not being what we've been taught

    • Courtney Klein says:

      Based in history an intriguing, part laughter inducing, anguish ridden and heart wrenching novel. Hated to put it down.

    • Rebecca McChesney says:

      didn't stray too far from history or get so heavy to read that I had to muddle through, enjoyable overall

    • mark francis says:

      Great story, Great historical fiction about one of the most Interesting personalities of the mid-evil period. Hard for you to put down.

    • Nae says:

      This was an okay read, sort of dragged in spots, and this author is certainly no Sharon Pennman, who Lionheart was awesom.

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