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King

1189. The long-awaited goal of Richard Plantagenet, the Lionheart, comes true as he is crowned King of England. Before he can set off on crusade and retake Jerusalem from the Saracens, he must set his own kingdom in order and deal with his half-brother Geoffrey and younger brother John, both of whom pose threats to the throne. 

Politician

These matters settled, Richard's incredible journey to Outremer, the Holy Land, begins. With him at every step is Ferdia, also known as Rufus, his loyal Irish follower. From southern France to Italy they travel and on to the kingdom of Sicily, ruled by the scheming Tancred. Delayed on the island for military and political reasons, Richard must deal not only with its ruler but also King Philippe of France, his erstwhile ally on the crusade and long-time bitter rival. There is occasion for some levity, however - in Sicily, the king marries Berengaria, daughter of a Spanish king. 

Warrior

Voyage continuing, he comes into conflict with the ruler of Cyprus, the self-styled emperor Isaac. Richard's tactical brilliance sees the island fall to the crusaders in a whirlwind campaign. At last he is poised to sail to the Holy Land. There a bitter two-year-long siege awaits his army, at Acre. Waiting for him too, is Saladin, the iconic Saracen leader responsible for the loss of Jerusalem. 

Conqueror

Triumphant at Acre, Richard must again play politician before the crusade can continue. Philippe of France seeks to thwart him at every turn. No one can agree who should fill the empty throne of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. When at last the king is able to lead his army south, Saladin's huge army shadows its every move. In the height of summer, the conditions are brutal, the temperatures boiling. On the dusty field of Arsuf, the Lionheart and his soldiers will face the ultimate test. Battle is inevitable, but victory is not.

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Gripping

Once started hard to stop listening to this excellent production. Cannot wait until the third instalment.

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A strong follow up from the first book

I liked this one better than the first book and follows Rufus and Richard the Lionheart to Jerusalem. I felt like I continually wanted to read it and the storyline was good.

I am looking forward to the next instalment where I suspect Rufus and Richard will have numerous things to deal with back in England and France.

I loved the Griff Hosker books and these aren’t as good but still an enjoyable read.

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worth the wait

perfect combo of Ben Kane and Phillip Stevens...i felt like i was in the battles! bring on the next installment !

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  • 12-06-2021

First class ..

This book is first class , the history ,the detail, the narration an epic tale...

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  • Luke
  • 04-06-2021

Knew it was gonna be good!

Couldn't stop listening again, can't wait for more Rufus and King Richard... Great job with this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-2021

another excellent book

I found myself utterly gripped by this book, emotionally engaged with the characters and engrossed by the vivid portrayals of battles and events. The narration was also first class. I highly recommend this.

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  • 20-05-2021

Fantastic telling

great performance of a well written story of the Lion heart, roll on the next one

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  • Adam
  • 14-05-2021

Another great read

Loved this book, if anything even better than Crusader. If you like historical fiction of this period you'll love it.

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  • The Man
  • 13-05-2021

A bit of a toady

I enjoyed the book, it is a bit escapism and i do like a medieval story. However Rufus is a bit of toady, he needs to man up and stop sucking up to Richard the Lionheart.

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  • J. T. Ronan
  • 10-05-2021

brilliant

yet another fantastic book by one of the greatest author's of our time as far as I am concerned.
I have listened to everyone of Ben Kane's books that he has on audible. long may you continue writing

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