Lionheart Making of England #4 ePUB ½ Lionheart

  • Paperback
  • 557 pages
  • Lionheart Making of England #4
  • Stewart Binns
  • English
  • 27 July 2016
  • 9781405913607

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Lionheart Making of England #4A well written rousing historical adventure where you are both entertained and educated I could not put it down until I finished the some 600 pages I will definitely read the other books in this series Lionheart is the latest thrilling historical novel in Stewart Binns's epic Making of England series1176 EnglandKing Henry II reigns over a vast empire that stretches the length of Britain and reaches the foothills of the Pyrenees But he is aging and his powerful and ambitious sons are restlessHenry's third son Richard of Auitaine is developing a fearsome reputation for being a ruthless warrior Arrogant and conceited he earns the name Richard Lionheart for his bravery and brutality on the battlefieldAfter the death of his brothers Richard's impatience to take the throne and gain the immense power that being King over a vast empire would bring him leads him to form an alliance with FranceAnd so Richard begins his bloody uest to return the Holy Land to Christian ruleStewart Binns' Making of England series features Conuest Crusade Anarchy and his latest historical page turner Lionheart ReviewI have had to do some thinking about this review i feel a need to explain my feelings without them being misinterpreted SoIm not a member of the BNP im not a fan of UKIP who are BNP but without the courage to sign up fr themIMHO what i am proud of is being English im not a raving flag waving bulldog tattoo’d bloke I have come to love my country despite the national need to feel embarrassed about it to feel if you celebrate St Georges day you are a racist My love of history has not hindered that love of nation in fact it has deepened it to read and understand what this tiny nation has achieved is uite simply astoundingSo its always been great to read each and every book in this series by Stewart Binns a series that from the start pulls together the different races nations that have attacked conuered invaded and interbred with this mongrel nation that calls itself Great Britain Anyone who reads this series should take heart seeing how our national identity has been formed forged in battle mixed nations providing different temperaments and skills and behaviours The Saxons the normals the celts the pics the romans the Danes etc We are now adding the dogged hard working poles eastern block nations the history passion and mystery of asia the African nations etc This will all for me make Britain a greater nation in the long runI apologise for going all nationalistic in a review but that the joy of this series this is how it makes me feel proud The story of Richard is im sure told with some poetic licence regarding his alleged family history and the talisman But he plot the characters the emotion of the story that is classy writing That is something that makes it a must read The story of the Priest Alun and the Princesses is one that will leave many a damp eye The pride of a friend like Ranulph is something everyone should enjoy reading about his pride in his king and his friendship is a joy Its just great to read a story with such a deep feeling of pride clear in the plot voice and clearly shown by the authorThe only negative I have with this book is that its the end of the series I shall miss it but also i look forward to what comes next from this author This book should appeal to so many readers and don’t be put off by my ravings about England that’s just how I feel reading this series how Stewart Binns brings to the fore each element that makes up the core psyche of the Brit where that spirit of adventure and action may have been developed in the cauldron of historyRecommendedParm The thing that is most striking about Binns' 'Making Of England' series is that it is so inconsistentThe opening book Conuest was a fantastic really engaging read which gave me high hopes for the seuel Hopes which were dashed as soon as I read the disappointing Crusade Just to get worse the next book based around the civil war between Stephen of Blois and the Empress Matilda was beyond irritating as the author seemed to experiment by switching to writing in present tense rather than past tenseTo anyone remotely familiar with the life story of Richard I aka the Lionheart to whatever degree will already be incredibly aware of what will happen over the course of the book the events that take place and twists etc Therefore the key for the author is to add something or someone into the story to whatever integral position that makes the story stand out or adds an interesting sub plot to keep you interested in a way that Simon Scarrow does in his book on the 16th Century siege of Malta Sword ScimitarSadly Binns attempts this but it is done in such a languid lacklustre manner that it feels utterly superfluous and practically irrelevant This lack of an additional source of intrigue and the relatively staid nature of the characters when combined with the already obvious pattern of events means that there is little redeemable about this bookThe best way I could describe the effect of reading this book would be the followingImagine if you had a sudden craving for cake you stroll into the patisserie and see all the eclairs the bears paws and the Danish pastries amongst others only to walk out with a dry victoria sponge Yes it's a cake and it fills a hole but there are other much nicer indulgent tasty cakes out there that you could have had instead Stewart Binns has written an engrossing biographical novel of the life of King Richard I known as the Lionheart the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Auitaine Richard was a fascinating historical character one of legendary acclaim At the tender age of 16 Richard successfully led his first army to a victorious win against rebels who thwarted his father History describes him as a valiant courageous competent military leader Wise gallant and shrewd he was fair generous but could also be ruthless and unwavering Stewart Binns has done an exemplary job of bringing to life this fascinating man with all his faults endearing ualities and struggles Of all the books written on Richard the Lionheart this novel was particularly compelling because the author has a talent for writing historical facts without drowning the reader in an over abundance of mundane political and historical detail Truly the story was easy to follow with each character being adeuately introduced and easily remembered Poignant interactions intense battle scenes and rich storytelling all worked together to splendidly keep me enthralled to the end Brilliant descriptions made me feel as if I could reach out and touch Richard the duke the knight the warrior This is truly one of the best books of Richard the Lionheart I have ever read A men's adventure tale definitely worth reading One of if not the best historical fiction books that I've ever read Binns has managed to find a way to skilfully combine gripping fiction with informative historical accuracy and has been able to provide me with an insight into the life and reign of our king Richard I This was a great book to read for enjoyment purposes It actually has inspired me to look into the history of the many races that contributed to the development of Britians mighty historyIt's absolutely mind boggling how many different ethnic groups there were and how they all intertwined to develop one of the most intense empires historically Overall a bit disappointing Whilst Richard I is an interesting subject matter and character this book doesn't fully get that across The truncated timespan a whole life in one book means that most of the details are lost The annoying use of first person for the main protagonist jars too Unless you are really interested in Middle English history give this a miss Interesting account of Malik Ric's reign and times uite a spellbinding read Ok

About the Author: Stewart Binns

Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic He then pursued several adventures including a stint at the BBC before settling into a career as a schoolteacher specializing in history Later in life a lucky break took him back to the BBC which was the beginning of a successful career in television He has won a BAFTA a Grierson an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries Stewart'