Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: LIONHEART by Sharon Kay Penman


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Pub. Date: October 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: Hardcover , 608pp
ISBN-13: 9780399157851
ISBN: 0399157859

Description (from the publisher):
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 Aquitaine: 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 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.

5 comments:

Zibilee said...

I will be reading this one, and am so excited! I haven't read a good historical fiction tome in quite some time, and I am anxious to get started with it. It looks to be an excellent read!

Book Sake said...

This sounds like a great historical fiction read, great pick!

Our WOW pick is at BookSake.

Mystica said...

Sounds wonderful.

Susan (Reading World) said...

Sharon Kay Penman is one of the best, and with this topic the book is bound to be fantastic. I can't wait either!

librarypat said...

I have many of her books. This one will join them on my shelf.