A Spirited Retelling of King Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade
“Margaret Campbell Barnes has been one of the most reliable of England’s historical novelists.”
In this compelling novel of love, loyalty, and lost chances, Margaret Campbell Barnes gives readers a new perspective on Richard the Lionheart’s triumphs and tragedies. Drawing on folklore, Barnes explores what might have happened if King Richard’s foster brother were none other than Robin Hood, a legendary figure more vibrant than most in authentic history. Thick as thieves as Richard builds a kingdom and marshals a crusade, the two clash when Robin Hood so provokes the king’s white hot temper that Richard banishes him. The Passionate Brood is a tale of a man driven to win back the Holy Land, beset by the guilt of casting out his childhood friend, and shouldering the burden of being the lionhearted leader of the Plantagenets.
SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM THE PUBLISHER AND NO WAY EFFECTS THIS REVIEW!
THE PASSIONATE BROOD by Margaret Campbell Barnes is a Historical fiction set during The Crusades 1189-1199. It is a reissue of Like Us They Lived. It is well written with much details,depth and history. It has loyalty, love,passion, tragedies, triumphs, betrayal, deceit, lost chances, destiny, family rivalry,guilt, friendship, being the leader of the Plantagenet’s,Richard, The Lionhearted and of course the story of Robin Hood(Richard’s boy hood friend) and using women as pawns in the quest for power. Just let me say this is a wonderful reissue. The characters are engaging, enchanting,believable, heart breaking with tragedy and triumphs. This story shows the beginning of a dynasty and the birth of a nation. It shows how each, (the Plantagenet’s and England) are intertwined to form England’s history. It shows the rival between siblings, the resentment of John, the youngest, toward his elder brother, Richard, the death of Richard’s beloved sister, Johanna, the tender difference between love and understanding and the unjust treatment of their mother, Eleanor, by their father King Henry. Although, Mrs. Barnes has been dead for years, she has left a wonderful story of history, sibling rival, and the dynamic relationship of Henry VIII and his wives and family. This story is mostly pretending to Richard and Robin, boyhoods friends, one a prince, the other a peasant. One destined to be King the other destined to be an outlaw, and a keeper of England’s people. If you enjoy Tudor-era historical fiction and all that entails, you will definite enjoy this one. Curl up with a warm cup of drink and immerse yourself in another time and world. This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks Landmark.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn