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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
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