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  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 planning to continue her Angevin series with a book on Richard and I was dancing with joy – if anyone could do it the fabulou

  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 rem

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    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 I actually give a rating to a book if I have not made it to around 100 pages or in the case of a book the size of this brick roughly 250 pagesThis is one of those special occasions I learned enough about this book in those 60 pages to write a 10 page review But I won't of course That would be

  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 lot yourself about what you're going to write and then don't really use than

  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

  7. says:

    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 c

  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

  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

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Ade 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 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 consistency of her level of writing over the years has built up a real store of trust amongst her readership Unlike some authors where a new release is met with anticipation mixed with nervousness by readers to discover if it will be a sensation or a flop we know ahead of time that we re safe with one of Sharon s novels we know that we re always going to get the high standard of research and writing that Sharon delivers What a relief in the freuently hit and miss world of historical fictionOne of the things I was intrigued about ahead of time was how Sharon would portray the very different worlds of Sicily Cyprus and Outremer compared to the familiar settings in her novels of western Europe but in treating these locations and their uniue environments and cultures with as much care and detail as she does our old stomping grounds of Wales England and France Sharon creates these new places just as thoroughly and believably As per usual Sharon is tackling a political situation of intense complexity with a veritable cast of hundreds of characters but again by rendering this deftly and carefully she keeps everything clear and understandable This is a point of particular importance for me since so many historical fiction authors shy away from conveying the full story when the history gets complicated and it seems to be out of fear that readers just won t understand and will then slam the book for being too confusing I think that s actually very disappointing and sad if not somewhat demeaning to not give readers the credit to believe that they will be able to comprehend complex concepts and events and to deliberate dumb down I feel robs me of the chance to get as authentically close as possible to the real history Not once during the course of reading Lionheart did I feel confused or have to go back and re read due to bewilderment I cannot stress enough just how much this contributes to the overall uality of the writing Precision with clarity it s a winning combination Since I m touching on the subject of historical accuracy already a few words on the matter it s as high as one would come to expect from a Sharon Penman novel and as ever the author s note always a welcome courtesy in historical fiction thoroughly addresses discrepancies and further provides a wonderful glimpse into the research process of an historical novelist Moreover it reinforces that sense of trust by creating a certain degree of openness and transparency and the extensive bibliography was a joy for me as an historian as I can now do the same research for myself on the points I loved in the novel and want to find out aboutI think one of the key points of anticipation was wondering how Sharon would portray Richard We d seen him as a prince before got insights into his early years and glimmers of the man he would become but you just know that everyone was waiting for the Lionheart king of semi legendary status in the modern British consciousness to appear on the stage What s wonderful about the character of Richard in this novel is that we get a rich blend of the larger than life figure and the real man there s no mistaking Richard s military prowess and leadership presence with an occasional dash of pomp and circumstance but the down to earth grounded man is also readily apparent and the story is woven full of marvellous moments of private humour and personal intimacy This is something I ve said before in another review of a Penman novel but you really believe that this could be the real Richard I think this is another one of the big secrets of a great historical fiction novel part of the fun and appeal is the idea of a glimpse into what really happened and what our most fascinating historical people were really like and getting this right is treading the line between immersion and disengagement It s about believability It s not just Richard either though his significance in this novel was such that I felt I had to address the point of his portrayal separately but all the characters are a delight Henri Andr Eleanor Joanna Berenguela it s the subtlety in the way these characters have been built up The transformation and growth of Henri the fleshing out of Berenguela especially as this uietly brave young woman when she s so often portrayed as a timid mousy type One of my favourites scenes has to be the dinner between Eleanor Berenguela and their party and Constance and Heinrich and their party after a chance meeting It s simply magical The political groundwork is set in place the joy of knowing that this chance meeting actually happened and is not an implausible author invention and Eleanor s moment to absolutely shine drawing on all her past experiences and vast political acumen What a scene And I can t credit Sharon enough for being able to write the subtle scenes of political discourse eually as well as the action scenes of chaotic battle and yet still keep it all clear for us What a writerThat s really all I have to say Lionheart ticks all my boxes of what I look for in historical fiction sophisticated writing subtle characterisations historical accuracy and a coherent and compelling plot10 out of 10 At the risk of raising a few festive groans uality Penmanship

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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 Auitaine With two such extraordinary parents much was expected of themBut the eldest 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 I actually give a rating to a book if I have not made it to around 100 pages or in the case of a book the size of this brick roughly 250 pagesThis is one of those special occasions I learned enough about this book in those 60 pages to write a 10 page review But I won t of course That would be beyond excessive and than a little obsessiveI am writing this review and giving this book a star rating despite my lacklustre effort to read the book for those who know me For those people let me explain my 1 star and my reasons for disliking this book so much For those who don t know me just ignore my reviewFirst cab off the rank The book isn t about Richard the Lionheart It is about the personal relationships and lives of those around him Now when I pick up a book called Lionheart I expect the book to be about him I expect the author s fictional biography of Richard the Lionheart I don t know when Richard becomes a regular feature of the story but he wasn t around nor a feature of those first 60 pages and I have it on good authority that he isn t around in any biographical sense for a long time in the book then when he is it is from afarOther things I didn t like about this book It is entirely too feminine for me It is what I call a lady book These kinds of books that are about personal relationships and feminine details don t work for me Feminine details like how she wears her hair how glorious she looks that day what gorgeous silks she has in her coffers where she keeps her jewellery how everyone is beautiful who should be beautiful and everyone is ugly who should be ugly inner most thoughts of women about their husbands and girlfriends and babies how every woman on woman scene is like the girls from Sex in the City meeting at their favourite cafe or nightclubI found the writing feminine There is no doubt that this book is written by a woman for women And those kinds books always make me run for the hills The only reason I decided to try this one was because it was a group read in my group and because every now and then I have people trying to tell me how good Penman is and how her books aren t romance or lady bookFinally I have first hand knowledge and I can sayI came I saw and I found out for myself that these books by Sharon Kay Penman will never be to my tastes I understand they are to others that they are well loved but for me personally they are not to my tastes

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