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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Anno Domini (June 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979214548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979214547
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince has everything a lover of dramatic historical fiction could ask for and more." --Historical Novel Society (Historical Novels Review Online: February, 2010)

"Rosanne Lortz tells a wonderful tale.... Through vivid language and in-depth descriptions, she nudges the emotion and credibility out of the story, making the reader truly understand the difficulties of this turbulent era." --Historical Novel Review, Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

Rosanne E. Lortz wrote an intelligent and engaging tale based on real characters and events that made this reading journey one of the most exhilarating of this year. Historical fiction doesn't get much better than this. --Historical Tapestry

This...had it all from disguises, unsatisfied love, fights for honor, and most compelling of all the torments of a man's conscience. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something a bit off the mainstream. --Historically Obsessed

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Rosanne E. Lortz "Rose" is a medieval enthusiast, a book addict, and a native of Portland, Oregon. She graduated from New St. Andrews College in 2005 with a B. A. in Liberal Arts and Culture and worked as a high school teacher for several years teaching classes in English, history, literature, and music. She and her husband David Spears have four boys and co-own Madison Street Publishing.

Rose's latest book, Road from the West: Book I of the Chronicles of Tancred, was released on September 2, 2011. She is currently at work on the next two titles in that series and enjoys immersing herself in the eleventh century world of the First Crusade. You can find more information about Rose at http://rosannelortz.blogspot.com where she blogs about writing, mothering, and things historical.



Customer Reviews

The story is fast-paced but also has good character development.
Bryan M. Hangartner
I have read a LOT of history and historical fiction, most of it based in this general time period.
Adrienne C. Tomkins
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - it was so engrossing, that I found it hard to put down!
Minden Tooze

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By KindleQueen on February 2, 2010
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I just finished it and I am really impressed with how well written and entertaining the book is. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good historical fiction type novel or just a good read in general. I am usually more into SciFi/Fantasy but I really got sucked into the book quickly and enjoyed it all the way through.
I really liked the ending and it wrapped the story up nicely. I am looking forward to more novels from this author.
At the price to entertainment ratio its hard not to justify buying it in my opinion.I have read books that cost me alot more and entertained me alot less. Well done!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Samuel D. Tooze on September 10, 2009
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I Serve, with it's witty blend of action, suspense and romance made it a book that I really enjoyed. It was well written and engrossing enough that when I was on my lunch breaks at work reading it, I had a hard time putting in down when lunch was over (This problem was fixed by taking a 10 minute break later and at least trying to get to a good stopping point.)The historical accuracy of names, battles, cities and detail made it feel like you where almost there watching things happen. All in all it was a great read and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cynesige VINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
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I enjoyed this breezy, fast-paced book immensely, and will tell you that it contains some of the most enjoyable medieval story-telling I've encountered in years. I highly recommend it. No fan of historical fiction, English history, or just good ole' fashioned story-telling will be anything short of delighted with this book.

The main plot is simple enough: one John Potenhale (a fictional character) starts off as a lowly squire, and pretty much fights, loves, struggles and perseveres as a Knight and participant in the early stages of the 14th-century Hundred Years' War, eventually becoming a close advisor to the Black Prince. In this book you'll find all of the battles, complicated romantic entanglements, intrigue, and politics that you'd expect from that time period. This is no fairy tale; there's a lot of blood, mud and misery. It was a cruel time in which life was truly nasty, brutish and short, and the book reflects that reality. The Black Plague plays a role in the book, but not as much as I expected given that a lot of the action takes place during the plague years. There is much emphasis on the battles between England and France, with a great deal of the action taking place on French battlefields. The warfare descriptions are detailed and compelling, but be sure to have Google Maps open while reading them. Interestingly, the entire novel is written in the first-person, as Potenhale relates the events of his life retrospectively to another character. I am not a fan of first-person storytelling, but it works well here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne C. Tomkins on December 27, 2010
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I am rarely called upon to write a review, because most of the books I read have been thoroughly reviewed by so many people that there's nothing new I could add. However, this book has an egregious lack of comments, and I have to do my part to rectify that.

I have read a LOT of history and historical fiction, most of it based in this general time period. I'm constantly searching for new books in this genre that are well-written and engrossing. I want to read a slice-of-life wherein the characters aren't given modern-day sensibilities (I'm just about as feminist as they come, but an independent woman in 12th century France is laughably unbelievable). A romantic interest is acceptable, as long as it doesn't overpower the story. More than anything, I want to feel as if I am a part of the story, as if I am actually in the time period that's being written.

If the above description of ME sounds like YOU, then you owe it to yourself to read this book. Not only does this book fit my requirements as outlined above, it is the perfect combination: a relatively simple storyline told with beautifully complex language. The characters are believable, the history is accurate (at least as far as I know) and the ending is satisfying.

In case you're wondering, Ms. Lortz's style reminds me of Sharon Kay Penman - it's not an "easy read" but frankly, I don't WANT one. I really appreciate that the language was not "dumbed down" to appeal to a wider audience. I want to read more by Ms. Lortz, and I want to read it NOW. :) Please, keep writing!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Great Historicals on January 6, 2010
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First Line: It was an unusual sight these fifteen years and more to see a man traveling the road - especially a solitary Englishman in the heart of the French countryside.

In 14th century England, John Potenhale is an impoverished young man from a very modest background who serves a patient knight and works hard at the tasks he faces. Partly through wit and partly through intelligence, he comes to the attention of Prince Edward, the Black Prince of Wales who knights him on a battlefield in France. Thus he rises to become one of the Prince's innermost circle, privy to his master's thoughts and actions.

The Black Prince loves a young beauty named Joan. Through this relationship, John falls madly in love with Joan's maidservant, a feisty and sharp-tongued young woman named Margery who knows her lady's darkest secrets. But Margery's often vile tongue keeps John at arm's length. At one point, he considers abandoning his knighthood to enter into a monastery. Thankfully, the wisdom of a seasoned, French knight deters him from that path.

For both Prince Edward and John Potenhale, one man blocks their path to true love and happiness - Thomas Holland, a beligerant, war-lusty warrior with little regard for honour. At years of war over land in France plague the English, Potenhale finds himself traveling back and forth between England and France several times over many years.

The passions of love and war and the turmoil of difficult politics affect the lives of the people trapped in its throes. Rosanne Lortz tells a wonderful tale of the Hundred Year war. Through vivid language and in-depth descriptions, she nudges the emotion and credibility out of the story, making the reader truly understand the difficulties of this turbulent era.
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