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Shield of Three Lions: A Novel Paperback – July 23, 2002
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“A romantic, sensual, ribald, rowdy—and often hilarious—tale.” —Los Angeles Herald
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"Richly rewarding, superbly written. . . . The richness of the characters, the historical details, and the story as a whole make this novel a memorable reading experience."--Chicago Sun-Times
Eleven-year-old Alix is the daughter of the baron of Wanthwaite, whose lands along the Scottish border are among the best in England. But when her family is killed and her lands seized, Alix is forced to flee from the only home she's ever known. Her one hope of restoring her inheritance is to plead her case to King Richard the Lion Heart, who is far away in France, preparing to go on his Crusade. Alix resolves to follow him. She cuts her hair, dresses as a boy, and takes the road south to London.
Disguised as a beautiful young boy, Alix is more than befriended by the handsome and mysterious King Richard, even becoming his favorite page. Their relationship sets tongues wagging and places Alix in considerable danger as the battle for Jerusalem unfolds.
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This is the story of Alix. Her father is a baron along the Scottish border, but when he and her mother are killed in a vicious attack by Scots, her life turns upside down. Her father, in a deathbed conversation, begs Alix to somehow get the land returned to her. He suggests she appeal to the King, Henry. He also suggests that she dress as a boy on the roads, to avoid being raped. She does this, and pretends to be an eight year old boy, instead of the twelve year old girl she is, and heads out for London.
Once on the road Alix quickly hooks up with Enoch, a young Scot heading to the university in Paris. She becomes his traveling companion, and he helps her when it becomes clear she's being pursued by men intent on killing her. Of course, Enoch has no idea Alix is a girl.
Once in London the two learn that the king is dead, and his son, Richard the lion heart, is king in his place. But the new King Richard is intent on going on crusade to the holy land, and Alix must speak to him get her land back. Soon she and Enoch are in Paris, and once having made a bond of brotherhood, they head off to the Crusades.
Alix quickly becomes a favorite page of the kings, and she pays no head to the gossip about him and young men and instead believes that he can see she's a girl, and maybe loves her...
This story is endearing, exciting and historical accurate. On reflection, the seemingly annoying vocabulary of the characters is just right for the time period, as is Alix's most unladylike behavior.Read more ›
Alex learns that King Henry is dead and now she must appeal her case to to the new King, Richard the Lionheart. Trying to track down Richard proves to be a problem and Alex, still travelling with Enoch, falls in with a band of travelling performers who promise to secure an audience with the king if he (really "she" but they don't know that) plays Cupid in their plays. With no other options, Alex agree's and eventually meets the King. He takes an instant liking to Alex, hears her case (although she leaves out the fact that she is in fact a she), but decides Alex is to young to run his estate alone. King Richard takes Alex into his household as a page planning to become personal mentor to him until he reaches maturity. Alex accompanies Richard on crusade where their relationship deepens and through one gigantic misunderstanding begin a quasi-romance of sorts.Read more ›
First of all, if you want to explore the well-known homosexuality of Richard I, it is difficult in the context of the times to imagine a genuine, sexual story given the vastly different times he lived in. Kaufman has boldly imagined a love story between the King and a young page, fitting with the ancient custom of mentoring young boys. Except that the page is a girl, our heroine, caught in the middle of another story altogether, of swashbuckling and courtly intrigue as she attempts to regain the lands stolen from her family in the north of England, and it all leads to the Third Crusade and the siege of Acre.
The entire story appeared to be impeccably researched and vividly imagined by Kaufman who, again, is confident enough to explore equally the power struggles and political rivalries of English and French involvment in the Holy Land, as well as the sexual machinations of Richard The Lion's boudoir. A long book, it is constantly engaging and fast-paced, very much a traditional historical adventure with a clear-eyed heroine who is both of her time and terribly modern.
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A great romp, fun adventure, funny and interesting writing, historically accurate, but not for kids. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sarah richards
Incredibly readable book about the Crusades and the involvement of Richard I of England. This and the companion book, Banners of Gold, make for interesting fiction of this period... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sharon H. Stewart
Read it when it first came out and loved it then, was very happy to see it in digital format. Will get the rest of the series.Published 12 months ago by ruthann
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Rich in historical detail (whether it's accurate or not, I have no idea, since I've read very little about the time of King Richard... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Aliast
A delight to read! I loved the characters and the incredibly researched description of life in these times. Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Wynn Richards