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The Passionate Brood

ISBN: 9781402242052

By: Margaret Campbell Barnes

Published: 10/05/2010

A Spirited Retelling of King Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade

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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.” —Chicago Tribune 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. Praise for Margaret Campbell Barnes “Barnes vividly depicts Anne’s hopes and fears in an age where royal marriages were brokered like a cattle fair, and beheading could befall even a Queen.” —Publishers Weekly on Brief Gaudy Hour “Rich in detail and flows beautifully, letting readers escape into Anne’s court and country life. It is a must read for those who love exploring the dynamic relationships of Henry VIII and his wives.” —Historical Novels Review on My Lady of Cleves

About the Author

Margaret Campbell Barnes

Margaret Campbell Barnes lived from 1891 to 1962. She was the youngest of ten children born into a happy, loving family in Victorian England. She grew up in the Sussex countryside, and was educated at small private schools in London and Paris. Margaret was already a published writer when she married Peter, a furniture salesman, in 1917. Over the next twenty years a steady stream of short stories and verse appeared over her name (and several noms de plume) in leading English periodicals of the time, Windsor, London, Quiver, and others. Later, Margaret’s agents, Curtis Brown Ltd, encouraged her to try her hand at historical novels. Between 1944 and 1962 Margaret wrote ten historical novels. Many of these were bestsellers, book club selections, and translated into foreign editions. Between World Wars I and II Margaret and Peter brought up two sons, Michael and John. In August 1944, Michael, a lieutenant in the Royal Armoured Corps, was killed in his tank, in the Allied advance from Caen to Falaise in Normandy. Margaret and Peter grieved terribly the rest of their lives. Glimpses of Michael shine through in each of Margaret’s later novels. In 1945 Margaret bought a small thatched cottage on the Isle of Wight, off England’s south coast. It had at one time been a smuggler’s cottage. But to Margaret it was a special place in which to recover the spirit and carry on writing. And write she did. All together, over two million copies of Margaret Campbell Barnes’s historical novels have been sold worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Part I: Oxford 1
Part II: Navarre 51
Part III: Dover 83
Part IV: Messina 119
Part V: Cyprus 151
Part VI: The Holy Land 179
Part VII: Rome 243
Part VIII: Guildford 259
Part IX: Chalus 309
Reading Group Guide 349
About the Author 351

Excerpt

From Chapter One

Blondel de Cahaignes was fifteen and homesick. It was four days since he had parted from his parents, and the life he had shared with them in their unpretentious ma

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“Barnes’ research is in-depth and factually accurate and very relevant. The fictional elements are weaved throughout her story very carefully.” - Luxury Read...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 5.25 in
Weight: 15.20 oz
Page Count: 368 pages

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