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Y'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. 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

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Lionheart Making of England #4

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. Interesting account of Malik Ric s reign and times uite a spellbinding read

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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 restlessHenr. I was I must admit than a little sad to have come to the end of this series what do you call one than a trilogy I ve grown to rather like Stewart Binns style and the sheer audacity of what he s tried to do here A history of the formative years decades of England the land and the idea as we know it today from our history lessonsThe term Lionheart has gone down in that there history and so much so that it maybe has lost some of its significance Most people could probably add Richard The before Lionheart but how much do we know I knew a little but not much Now I know a whole lot About the man as far as history can tell us about his personality his background his reasoning and most importantly his place at the heart of forming English history Binns does an excellent job in showing his early years his coming to power and the changes that brought to the character of the man A really fine jobThe book as said continues in the same vein as the first three with an easily digestible and flowing style of writing Again and given his writerly background you can imagine that it is all soundly researched maybe a few liberties here and there but all fits in rather well It probably couldn t be taught as History in schools but youngsters would still get a good grasp of the overall picture of the period by reading these books And I would imagine the Hist Fic purists would not look too kindly on this sort of thing mostly the Indie ones who seem to think their research is better than everyone else s have you noticed that Anyway if you can get hold of the whole series from the start and go through it all you ll never get a better over view of how England and the English came to be and came to be as we areAll my reviews surely not all in one place Why yes Speesh ReadsOr this Speesh Reads Facebook page


10 thoughts on “Lionheart Making of England #4

  1. says:

    I was I must admit than a little sad to have come to the end of this series what do you call one than a trilogy? I’ve grown to rather like Stewart Binns’ style and the sheer audacity of what he’s tried to do here A history of

  2. says:

    A 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

  3. says:

    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 celebrat

  4. says:

    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 auth

  5. says:

    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 hi

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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 gr

  8. says:

    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 f

  9. says:

    Interesting account of Malik Ric's reign and times uite a spellbinding read

  10. says:

    Ok