by Sharon Kay Penman
The Henry II Trilogy
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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 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.