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Blondel's song : the capture, imprisonment and ransom of Richard the Lionheart / David Boyle.

By: Boyle, David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Viking, 2005Description: xxx, 369 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 067091486X.Subject(s): Richard I, King of England, 1157-1199 | Blondel, de Nesle, active 12th century | Richard I, King of England, 1157-1199 -- Imprisonment | Blondel, de Nesle, 12th century | Troubadours -- Biography | Crusades -- Third, 1189-1192 | Civilization, Mediaeval | Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography | Great Britain -- History -- Richard I, 1189-1199 | Great Britain -- History -- Angevin period, 1154-1216DDC classification: 942.032092
Contents:
Prologue : 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 -- Epilogue : the legend of Blondel, reprise -- Richard's prison song - written in captivity, summer 1193.
Review: "On his way back from the Crusades, one of England's most famous and romantic medieval kings was shipwrecked and stranded near Venice. Trying to make his way home in disguise, he was arrested and imprisoned and effectively disappeared. He didn't return home for another fifteen months, and only then at enormous cost - a quarter of the entire wealth of England was paid to win his release." "The bizarre events surrounding Richard the Lionheart's disappearance have been relegated to the nursery by generations of historians. But they also provide the background to some of the most colourful and enduring legends - Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, the discovery of King Arthur's grave and, above all, the story of Blondel, Richard's faithful minstrel, and his journey across central Europe - singing under castle towers - until he finds the missing king." "Blondel's Song tells the tale of one of the most peculiar incidents of medieval history, and provides the background to the real Blondel and his fellow troubadours, as well as the courts of love, the Holy Grail, the emergence of Gothic cathedrals like Notre-Dame and Chartres, and the unique moment of tolerance in the West - when Europe shared a language, and a new culture of music, romance and chivalry." "It retraces and rediscovers Richard's secret journey across the Alps in winter, and uncovers the real story of the arrest of Europe's most powerful king, two thousand miles from home, and the effects of his gigantic ransom. It explains for the first time the real meaning of the legend of Blondel, the song that revealed Richard's lonely cell, and the truth about who Blondel was."--BOOK JACKET.
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On his way back from the crusades, one of England's most famous and romantic medieval kings was ship-wrecked and stranded near Venice. Trying to make his way home in disguise, he was arrested and imprisoned and effectively disappeared. He didn't return home for another fifteen months, and at enormous cost - a quarter of the entire wealth of England was paid to win his release. The extraordinary events surrounding Richard the Lionheart's disappearance provides the background to some of the most colourful and enduring legends - Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, the discovery of King Arthur's grave, and above all, the story of Blondel, Richard's faithful minstrel, and his journey across central Europe - singing under castle towers - until he finds the missing king. Blondel's Song tells the tale of one of the most peculiar incidents of medieval history, and the background to the real Blondel and his fellow troubadours, as well as the courts of love, the Holy Grail, emergence of gothic cathedrals like Notre Dame and Chartres, and the unique moment of tolerance in the West - when Europe shared a language, and a new culture of music, romance and chivalry.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [343]-351) and index.

Prologue : the legend of Blondel -- 1. The courts of love -- 2. The age of light -- 3. Paris and Jerusalem -- 4. Acre -- 5. Setting sail -- 6. Disguise -- 7. Blondel's song -- 8. Prison -- 9. A king's ransom -- 10. The return of the king -- 11. The very last day of chivalry -- Epilogue : the legend of Blondel, reprise -- App. Richard's prison song - written in captivity, summer 1193.

"On his way back from the Crusades, one of England's most famous and romantic medieval kings was shipwrecked and stranded near Venice. Trying to make his way home in disguise, he was arrested and imprisoned and effectively disappeared. He didn't return home for another fifteen months, and only then at enormous cost - a quarter of the entire wealth of England was paid to win his release." "The bizarre events surrounding Richard the Lionheart's disappearance have been relegated to the nursery by generations of historians. But they also provide the background to some of the most colourful and enduring legends - Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, the discovery of King Arthur's grave and, above all, the story of Blondel, Richard's faithful minstrel, and his journey across central Europe - singing under castle towers - until he finds the missing king." "Blondel's Song tells the tale of one of the most peculiar incidents of medieval history, and provides the background to the real Blondel and his fellow troubadours, as well as the courts of love, the Holy Grail, the emergence of Gothic cathedrals like Notre-Dame and Chartres, and the unique moment of tolerance in the West - when Europe shared a language, and a new culture of music, romance and chivalry." "It retraces and rediscovers Richard's secret journey across the Alps in winter, and uncovers the real story of the arrest of Europe's most powerful king, two thousand miles from home, and the effects of his gigantic ransom. It explains for the first time the real meaning of the legend of Blondel, the song that revealed Richard's lonely cell, and the truth about who Blondel was."--BOOK JACKET.

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