- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (July 23 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609809466
- ISBN-13: 978-0609809464
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,029,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shield of Three Lions: A Novel Paperback – Jul 23 2002
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“A lively romance... a rich picture of a romantic time... [Kaufman’s] detailed descriptions of a bawdy land and its people are matched well by her touching and humorous portrait of an adolescent coming to terms with her own womanhood.”—USA Today
“A romantic, sensual, ribald, rowdy—and often hilarious—tale.” —Los Angeles Herald
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The return of a classic, by bestselling author Pamela Kaufman.
"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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It is easy to believe that Pamela Kaufman is a learned linguist. The book is peppered with Latin, French, Gaelic and the dialects of the period. Some readers can be put off by the author's insistence on linguistic showmanship. Admittedly, it can be a bit of a chore to decipher the exact meaning of some words and phrases but most readers will overcome the challenge. It does add to the atmosphere. Kaufman's work is outstanding for its authentic portrayal of speech, mindsets, customs and historical accuracy of this eventful time period. Some may be disenchanted by its earthy bawdiness--also reflective of the time period. Many have attempted to capture the true character of King Richard and Kaufman has probably succeeded as well as anyone. He was a charmer, a brute, a deceiver, a hero, outwardly courageous yet emotionally vulnerable. Through this book we get to admire Alix for her inventive determination to follow her heart and achieve her rightful claim to her Worthwaite Castle. We also follow the struggles of the love-hate relationships she has for Richard and for Enoch. Fans of medieval historical fiction will enjoy this epic tale written over fifty years ago. It is the first book of a trilogy and I look forward to reading the others.
We don't get to deep into much, but I enjoyed it. The story also is woven around a girl whose family is brutally murdered and has to flee, disguised as a boy.
She meets up with an "evil" Scotsman on her own quest and they have all sorts adventures together trying to get her land back.
The story instantly grabs you in the beginning.
Yes, the author does try to use period language. I didn't know half of what she said; nor could I remember my latin to translate. But it didn't really bother me to much.
Also, she threw in a Robin Hood and Maid Marian scene. I thought that that was a bit cheesy, but it was well written for her intent.
The author has great insight into Richards person. I loved it.
There are a few surprises. I was disappointed with the ending---it seemed it stopped abruptly---but that could be because I didn't want it to end! I cannot wait to read the next one!
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