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Publisher's Summary

Rebel. Leader. Brother. King.

1179. Henry II is King of England, Wales, Ireland, Normandy, Brittany and Aquitaine. The House of Plantagenet reigns supreme.

But there is unrest in Henry's house. Not for the first time, his family talks of rebellion.

Ferdia - an Irish nobleman taken captive during the conquest of his homeland - saves the life of Richard, the king's son. In reward for his bravery, he is made squire to Richard, who is already a renowned warrior.

Crossing the English Channel, the two are plunged into a campaign to crush rebels in Aquitaine. The bloody battles and gruelling sieges which followed would earn Richard the legendary name of Lionheart.

But Richard's older brother, Henry, is infuriated by his sibling's newfound fame. Soon it becomes clear that the biggest threat to Richard's life may not be rebel or French armies, but his own family....

©2020 Ben Kane (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

What the critics say

"A rip-roaring epic, filled with arrows and spattered with blood. Gird yourself with mail when you start." (Paul Finch)

"Ben's deeply authoritative depiction of the time is delivered in a deft manner." (Simon Scarrow)

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Great series

This is a great series , Ben Kane is as good as it gets in historical fiction.

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  • Craig
  • 2021-01-15

Painfully Droll Historical Fiction

This novel listens/reads like Juvenile Ouija Board Prophecy. The narrator, a squire to Richard the 1st, is a toady, even though he suspects that his allies are implicated in the killing of his family (tangentially at least). Uhhh...this is not a novel of revenge, it is a supernumerary's sideshow, made relevant by the narrator's (an Irish Royal Hostage) loyalty to an important historical figure. His indifference to injustice is overplayed stoicism...totally fake and unbelievable. Bad actors are unrealistically bad and good ones are gruff caricatures of righteous historical icons.

There is nothing new here. A bad Robin Hood novel would tell the same story, The prose and descriptions of 1187 are lacking poetic power or historic relevance. The cliches are painful...wiley vixen to describe a girlfriend, and mornings are crisp and fresh....all the droll cliches and uninterested prose to sell pulp, but not enough to fool a connoisseur of tantalizing British historical fiction.

Don't bother starting this novel unless you are bored and expect little from your text. Two Swords Down!

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  • K. Wilson
  • 2020-07-27

History during the middle ages is a dauntingly ...

morass of politics. alliances formed then broken within a couple of years, even months. The physical distances are deceptively small yet even small areas become crucial. then the dimension of time increases the details exponitionally. the USA 250yr history is relatively short compared to 1000 years of very limited written and momentous historical events.
Mr Kane brings areas of conflict into focus especially for the avid amateur history buff. I 'see' them as real people doing extraordinary things, yet born into a world very different from my own. Thank you Mr. Kane

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-05-10

wow

shared your concerns with not doing a roman title yet this series was non the less entertaining. love listening to these while I work. look forward you your next book and I hope someday a movie preferably on the forgotten legion series.

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  • ALLEN
  • 2022-04-19

Excellent book!

I love history. The author does a great job of bringing history to life. I look forward to reading more.

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  • Trisha
  • 2022-04-01

Great historical adventure

Narrator was wonderful. A delight to listen.
I will be listening to more books by this author

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  • Terence Lowery
  • 2022-02-21

Rendering history with a pulse.

As with the author most of us a children watched the adventures of Robin Hood and bad King John and good King Richard. Mr. Kane has done us all well. Respect Sir!!

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  • Martin See
  • 2022-01-30

Where's Richard?

I couldn't get through the first book. Dull, boring , fairytale. I was expecting a little bit of history, but it's just a yarn about a fictional Irishman.

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  • Leonard E. Houston II
  • 2021-12-28

NO EXPECTATIONS

When I started this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It took off a little slow, but as the story developed and characters were added, it began to flow beautifully together. Being a history buff, Richard the Lionheart is a larger than life figure to take on. Ben Kane did a good job of not overplaying his hand and although the story came to a rather quick ending, there is so much more left on the table to write about. I am certainly will be looking for more Ben Kane writings in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-13

Vivid adventure

I found the book to do a fine job of bringing the medieval world to life. While I thought John was portrayed to obvious a villain, the other family members fit my vision from my own reading. I especially enjoyed the interpretation of William Marshall. I would love if you wrote a book with Marshall as the main character. Great book I highly recommend.

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  • Ksenia Chabarova
  • 2021-05-04

Another great story

I love Ben Kane. I've found him from his stories of Romans, and now I'm here with a new subject. Of course I knew who Richard the Lionheart was, but I never dived in this historical period as I did with Rome. And how happy I am I did it with this book!

Kane always strides for historical accuracy (and always discloses where he doesn't), so I listened to the book while checking myself on Wikipedia about who was who. It was a bit challenging, moreover English isn't my first language, so I struggled a bit (my dear English native speakers, what are you doing with all the French words, I'm almost dying here!). But I feel it was worth it. The story was very captivating, and thanks to Philip Stevens all the characters had their own voice and character. Sometimes I felt I was present for the dialogs between the King's sons, and I think I can say this is a sign of a great reading. Listen or read it by yourself, and even if (for some unknown reason) you don't like it you'd definitely have something to think about.