September 14, 2016

Sister of the Lionheart

Sister of the Lionheart
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Series: Joanna Plantagenet, Book 1
Genres: All, Fiction, Historical
Tag: Sister of the Lionheart
ASIN: B01I0EUM14
Joanna is the strong-willed daughter of King Henry of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Close to her brother Richard Lionheart, she grew up at courts in France and England. From jousts to the infamous Courts of Love, from family quarrels to international intrigues, Joanna’s youth was spent in the thick of it all. With her ambition to become a queen, like her much-admired mother, Joanna marries King William of Sicily and is swept away to a court that is a crossroads for Normans, Italians, Jews, Arabs and Byzantines. She is furious when she learns that her husband William possesses a harem—but she refuses to accept it in silence, acting like a true descendant of Vikings. That is only the beginning of Joanna’s adventures. When Jerusalem falls to Saladin, her husband and The Lionheart make plans to go on Crusade. And Joanna persuades Richard to let her accompany him. This historical epic introduces a strong and truly unforgettable heroine, Joanna Plantagenet, whose drive and persistence helped change the course of history.
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About the Book

An unforgettable heroine in a novel of the Crusades

Joanna is the strong-willed daughter of King Henry of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Close to her brother Richard Lionheart, she grew up at courts in France and England. From jousts to the infamous Courts of Love, from family quarrels to international intrigues, Joanna’s youth was spent in the thick of it all.

With her ambition to become a queen, like her much-admired mother, Joanna marries King William of Sicily and is swept away to a court that is a crossroads for Normans, Italians, Jews, Arabs and Byzantines. She is furious when she learns that her husband William possesses a harem—but she refuses to accept it in silence, acting like a true descendant of Vikings.

That is only the beginning of Joanna’s adventures. When Jerusalem falls to Saladin, her husband and The Lionheart make plans to go on Crusade. And Joanna persuades Richard to let her accompany him.

This historical epic introduces a strong and truly unforgettable heroine, Joanna Plantagenet, whose drive and persistence helped change the course of history.

About the Author
Hilary Benford

Hilary Benford was born and raised in England. She has a degree in French literature from King’s College, London, and also studied in Cambridge, Paris and Strasbourg. At various times, she lived and worked in France, including a year in Rodez where she taught English in a lycée. She also taught French in England, and later in California.

In 1980 she co-authored Timescape with her brother-in-law, Gregory Benford. She has written a two-book series of historical novels about Joanna Plantagenet, Sister of the Lionheart and Joanna Crusader.

She has a life-long interest in history, especially medieval English history. She also loves to travel and has visited all the sites mentioned in the Joanna novels, from Fontevrault and Winchester to Palermo, Limassol, and Acre.

She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, a physicist.