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Troubadour's song : the capture, imprisonment and ransom of Richard the Lionheart

Author: David Boyle
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On his way back from the Third Crusade in 1192, Richard the Lionheart, one of England's most famous and romantic kings, was shipwrecked and stranded near Venice. Trying to make his way home in disguise, he was arrested and handed over to Henry VI, the Holy Roman Emperor, who held him for ransom. Truly a king's ransom - one quarter of the entire wealth of England - was paid by Richard's powerful mother, Eleanor of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Richard, King of England; Blondel, de Nesle; Blondel, de Nesle; Richard, King of England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Boyle
ISBN: 0802714595 9780802714596
OCLC Number: 61678241
Notes: Originally published: Blondel's song. London ; New York : Viking, 2005.
Description: xxx, 369 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The legend of Blondel --
The courts of love --
The Age of Light --
Paris and Jerusalem --
Acre --
Setting sail --
Disguise --
Blondel's song --
Prison --
A king's ransom --
The return of the King --
The very last day of chivalry --
The legend of Blondel, reprise --
Appendix. Richard's prison song : written in captivity, Summer 1193.
Other Titles: Blondel's song
Responsibility: David Boyle.

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"On his way back from the Third Crusade in 1192, Richard the Lionheart, one of England's most famous and romantic kings, was shipwrecked and stranded near Venice. Trying to make his way home in disguise, he was arrested and handed over to Henry VI, the Holy Roman Emperor, who held him for ransom. Truly a king's ransom - one quarter of the entire wealth of England - was paid by Richard's powerful mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, to secure his release." "In chronicling one of the most storied incidents in medieval history, The Troubadour's Song opens a new window on the turbulent late twelfth century, when the realities of violence and geopolitics were juxtaposed against chivalric ideals, courts of love, and unparalleled tolerance. According to legend, Blondel - a twelfth-century troubadour and Richard's faithful minstrel - journeyed across central Europe singing a song he knew Richard would recognize in hope of finding the king. Whether Blondel actually sang under castle towers in search of his friend or not, David Boyle brings to life the evocative world of the troubadours, the emergence of Gothic cathedrals such as Chartres and a new culture of music, romance, and chivalry." "Retracing and rediscovering Richard's secret journey across the Alps in winter, The Troubadour's Song uncovers for the first time the full story of the arrest of Europe's most powerful king, two thousand miles from home, and the crippling effects of his gigantic ransom. David Boyle recreates the drama of the Third Crusade and the dynamic power politics and personalities of this pivotal era."--Jacket.

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