Within the Hollow Crown by Margaret Campbell Barnes
A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love

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"Within the hollow crown that rounds the mortal temples of a king..."

-Shakespeare, The Tragedy of King Richard II



Unlike his father, the Black Prince, or his namesake, King Richard the Lionheart, Richard II never really wanted to be king. But the mantle of royalty is thrust upon his shoulders at age 11, at a time when England is racked by unrest and class warefare. A leader as unexpected as he is inexperienced, young Richard must find a way to triumph over a fierce conflict more destructive than any foreign enemy.


"Ms. Barnes captures the flavor, pageantry, and color of the Middle Ages...a distinguished novel."

-Philadelphia Inquirer


Richard's love for his wife, Anne of Bohemia, gave him the strength to outwit the schemes of his enemies and govern as he saw fit, providing England with years of properity under his reign. But when tragedy strikes, Richard begins to loose the common touch by which he had ruled so brilliantly, and begins a downward spiral from which his detractors would derive strength...


"Sympathetic picture of sensitive, peace-loving, and ill-beset Richard II, who had it in him to be one of the best kings England ever had."

-Booklist

 

About Margaret Campbell Barnes

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The late Margaret Campbell Barnes grew up in London. Her historical novels include Brief Gaudy Hour, My Lady of Cleves, King's Fool, With All My Heart, Isabel the Fair, and The King's Bed.
 
Published March 6, 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 370 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Historical romance dealing with the reign of Richard II.

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King Richard II is often regarded as a failure of a king who lost his country, people, and his family heritage, but was he really a failure and one of the worst kings in England ever?

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