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Lionheart and Lackland

King Richard, King John and the Wars of Conquest

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Lionheart and Lackland by Frank McLynn
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Anyone who has seen 'The Lion in Winter' will remember the vicious, compelling world of the Plantagenets- the towering, almost psychopathic Henry II, commander of the slaughter of Thomas a' Becket, at war with both his wife the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine and his sons (including the subjects of this remarkable book, Richard and John). And readers of the romance of Robin Hood will be familiar with the type-casting of Good King Richard, defending Christendom in the Holy Land, and Bad King John who usurps the kingdom in his absence. But how much do these popular stereotypes correspond with reality? Frank McLynn has returned to the original sources to discover what the Plantagenets were really like and how their history measures up to their myth. In a substantial but riveting narrative he turns the tables on modern revisionist historians by showing exactly how bad a king John was, despite his intellectual gifts, and in contrast how impressive Richard was - brilliantly successful in war, accomplished artistically and the nearest we are likely to get to the medieval ideal of chivalry. In a narrative that spans most of Europe and the middle east he shows these larger-than-life charac

Author Biography

Frank McLynn is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Napoleon, 1066, Villa and Zapata, Wagons West, Stanley and 1759, all published by Cape and Pimlico.
Release date NZ
October 4th, 2007
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
16 pages colour plates
Imprint
Vintage
Pages
592
Dimensions
129x198x35
ISBN-13
9780712694179
Product ID
1684732

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