The Lute Player – Norah Lofts

I had received this book before Christmas, and recently had just gotten around to reading it.  I just couldn’t for the life of me get into it.  I read about 100 pages in and decided to give up after contemplating for a day or two if I should give it up or not.  But I did give it up.

So, here is the publishers description of the book.  Possibly you will enjoy it more than I did.

One of the most renowned figures in medieval history, Richard the Lionhearted, inspired by a vision of the Holy Land, led his knights onto the battlefields of the Third Crusade. During the years of fighting and intrigue, Richard’s life was intertwined with the lives of two strong, vibrant, and drastically different women who loved him — Berengaria, princess of Navarre, and his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. While his marriage to Berengaria was ill-fated, Eleanor loved her son with a frantic, possessive pride. But it is Blondel, the king’s lute player, who here steps forward from the shadows to tell this tale of romance, war, and betrayal.

In her trademark style, Norah Lofts paints a complex and human portrait of a legendary king.

Surprisingly enough, Norah first published this back in 1951.

Simon and Schuster – Touchstone


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