Shield of Three Lions
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The return of a classic, by bestselling author Pamela Kaufman.
“Richly rewarding, superbly written. . . . The richness of the characters, the historical details, and the story as a whole make this novel a memorable reading experience.”—Chicago Sun-Times
Eleven-year-old Alix is the daughter of the baron of Wanthwaite, whose lands along the Scottish border are among the best in England. But when her family is killed and her lands seized, Alix is forced to flee from the only home she’s ever known. Her one hope of restoring her inheritance is to plead her case to King Richard the Lion Heart, who is far away in France, preparing to go on his Crusade. Alix resolves to follow him. She cuts her hair, dresses as a boy, and takes the road south to London.
Disguised as a beautiful young boy, Alix is more than befriended by the handsome and mysterious King Richard, even becoming his favorite page. Their relationship sets tongues wagging and places Alix in considerable danger as the battle for Jerusalem unfolds.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
THE SHIELD OF THREE LIONS
I read this book when it first came out in 1988!!! I loved it and since then I have re-read it at least six more times. The characters in this book are unbelievable ... the story is so imaginative. I always hoped that someone would turn this into a movie or a series but it never happened. I often hoped that Oprah Winfrey would choose this book as one of her book club picks but, alas, that did not happen either. Maybe it's because it's over 20 years old but, trust me, when you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down. My copy is a little torn up and yellowed and I always wanted to get a replacement for it but the title was always out of print. Now, I can get it on my iPad ... Love it! Listen to me .... read this book .... You will not be disappointed.