Pride of Kings by Judith Tarr

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National bestselling author and World Fantasy Award nominee Judith Tarr delivers a powerful epic of a glorious battle against magic unbound…

At the coronation of the new king of England, two crowns are offered to Richard the Lionheart: the mortal and the magical. Lured by earthbound glory and driven by mortal faith, Richard spurns the pagan crown—and rides off on a Crusade to reclaim a sun-scorched Jerusalem from the infidels, leaving his new kingdom defenseless in the mists…

For some unknown power has brought down the wall between worlds—and beings of dark magic await their chance to cross over the threshold.

Summoned to England by his dreams is Arslan, a strapping youth born of fire and man. Able to walk between worlds and speak with spirits, he is destined to help a country he has never seen and swear loyalty to a man he has never met: Prince John, called Lackland, who will emerge from the shadow of his older brother Richard to rule the armies of the air.

There are two wars for England to win or lose. One could weaken a mortal empire. The other could destroy the world…

 

About Judith Tarr

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Judith Tarr is a World Fantasy Award nominee best known for her historical novels, such as The White Mare’s Daughter, Lord of the Two Lands, Throne of Isis, King and Goddess, and Pillar of Fire. A graduate of Yale and Cambridge Universities, she holds degrees in ancient and medieval history, and breeds Lipizzan horses at Dancing Horse Farm, her home in Vail, Arizona.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by ROC. 464 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The bisexual being Karim, sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, surrenders herself to Arslan, but back in Paris he must seduce the spirit Melusine to spy on a meetinghouse on the Left Bank.

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England's Richard the Lionheart, lusting for men, poetry and war in Palestine, sets off on a crusade, leaving his brother, Prince John, to look after the kingdom.

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Loosely based around the historical events following Richard I's ascension to the throne, his departure for the Third Crusade and, after rather abortive results in the Holy Land, his subsequent imprisonment, with the connivance of King Phillip II of France, by the Hohenstaufen king and emperor, H...

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