Posted By Claire on November 21, 2013
When I had finished this book I was asked “How was it” my reply was “I loved it”!
I knew about Richard the Lionheart from school history lessons, the Robin Hood legends, and various reports about his sexuality, his cruelty etc. over the years. Stewart Binns made the man come to life for me. Yes he was cruel but not for his time. He put down uprisings in Aquitaine, quarreled with his Father, Henry II, and became King of a country he did not know after the age of 8. His Mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was at odds with his Father and was kept imprisoned for many years. The Middle Ages were brutal and warfare was commonplace. There was no place for monarchs who were not strong and evidenced that strength. The barons would have walked all over them and Anarchy would have reigned even longer.
It was good to meet up with Harold, Binns’ Earl of Huntingdon, again, introduced in his book Anarchy, and he launches Ranulf of Lancaster into the role of Richard’s mentor. The characters of the Grand Quintet, all authentic, are portrayed as they are reported to be from the times. I can find no reference in my research to Richard’s poor treatment during his imprisonment at Durnstein Castle. However I can’t imagine it was luxurious but were any castles luxurious in those days?
Well researched using known history of the period but again Binns weaves his own story into the alliances, quests and intrigues of the Middle Ages and the Crusades.
Lionheart is the latest historical adventure novel from Stewart Binns, covering the extraordinary life of King Richard the Lionheart.
Richard of Aquitaine, the third son of King Henry II, is developing a fearsome reputation for being a ruthless warrior. Arrogant and conceited he earns the name Richard Lionheart for his bravery and brutality on the battlefield.
After the death his brothers, Richard’s impatience to take the throne, and gain the immense power that being King over a vast empire would bring him, leads him to form an alliance with Philip II, King of France.
After invading his father’s lands on the Continent, Richard Lionheart goes on to defeat the King’s army at the tumultuous Battle of Ballans. Taking his place on the throne he begins his bloody quest to return the Holy Land to Christian rule.
Stewart Binns’ Making of England series features Conquest, Crusade, Anarchy and his latest historical page-turner, Lionheart.
Paperback: 576 pages
Kindle edition: 2788 KB
Publisher: Penguin (7 Nov 2013)
Available as a paperback and Kindle book from Amazon.com, Amazon UK or your usual bookstore.