By Martha Rofheart

Richard of britain was once often called ‘Lionheart’.

He used to be a King unbeaten in battle.

His sword carved out a godlike legend from the battlefields of France to the blood-soaked sands of the Holy Land.

He was once England’s so much romantic and heroic king, a passionate and delicate guy, nice warrior, poet and musician, and a charismatic chief, blindly loved via the knights he commanded, deeply enjoyed through a couple of woman.

But one lady captured his heart.

She was once a girl unchallenged within the lists of love.

Blondelza, as daringly self reliant as she was once appealing. She lived through her wits and skill at the degree, and refused to yield to any guy who was once no longer her equal.

In a royal court docket brimming with political intrigue, smooth alliances, and fierce jealousies, those got here jointly although all their international conspired to maintain them aside — proud and unfastened spirits held in thrall via a keenness that threatened to eat them either…

In this masterly novel set throughout the time of the bloody Crusades and the elaborate Courts of affection, the fiery Plantagenet rulers come to existence: Richard’s father, the boorish womanizer, King Henry II; his mom, a mythical good looks and a special lady of the medieval international, Eleanor of Aquitaine; his brothers the princes, vying for land and loyalty and gear.

And on the very centre is Richard himself and the girl he enjoyed certainly others, the gifted and free-spirited Blondelza, mom of his illegitimate son, who mocked the legislation of God and man.



Martha Rofheart (1917–1990) was once an American author of old novels, an actress and early in her occupation, a version. She can also be the writer of ‘Fortune Made His Sword’ and ‘Glendower Country’.

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Requested Richard, smiling. “Am I to be incorporated? ” “Sir,” I acknowledged, bowing, my hand on my center, like a courtier, “I am yours to command…you are my King! ” My phrases sounded very arch to my ears; I had now not spoken in jest for 16 years! “Yes, do come, Richard, of course,” I acknowledged. “And convey — ” i used to be without warning aware of the courtiers soaring close to, and dropped my voice. “Bring whom you will,” i stopped, my eyes signalling to Richard. bankruptcy four “But they're Saracen knights! ” The boy seemed up with such surprise in his face, and such sadness, too, that I approximately smiled.

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