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  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Summary

The thrilling next instalment in the epic LIONHEART series from Sunday Times Bestselling author, Ben Kane.

Warleader
Autumn 1192. With Jerusalem still in the Saracens' hands, and a peace treaty agreed with their leader Saladin, Richard the Lionheart is free at last to travel back to his strife-ridden kingdom. By his side at every turn is the loyal knight Ferdia, also known as Rufus. Together they will face not just Richard's archenemy Philippe Capet of France, but also the king's treacherous younger brother, John.

Captive
Shipwrecked on the Italian coast, the king and his small group of companions are forced into a perilous journey through lands controlled by their enemies. Shortly before Christmas 1192, Richard is taken prisoner near Vienna by Duke Leopold of Austria. Kept prisoner for several months, the king is then handed over to Henry VI, the Holy Roman Emperor. His captivity lasts for another year, fanning the flames of unrest in his territories in England and beyond.

Negotiator
Talks between Richard's mother Queen Alienor and Henry VI last for months, but finally reach a bitter agreement. The extortionate sum demanded to free the king will empty the treasury and bleed England dry. Philippe Capet and Richard's brother John collude, offering vast sums to see the king kept captive for longer. Their efforts are in vain, leading Philippe to pen a letter to John including the famous line: 'Look to yourself, the devil is loose.'

King
Crowned for a second time to wash away the shame of his captivity, Richard restores order in England, forgiving John his shameful behaviour. His next task is to recover territories lost to Philippe Capet, and to re-establish his dominance over the French king. Forging clever alliances, building strategic castles and when obliged, waging war, the Lionheart carves a unique path into history.

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©2022 Ben Kane (P)2022 Orion Publishing Group

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What a king!

This final book in the trilogy is as good as the previous two, and features an heroic and Nobel Richard as I have always believed, whether completely true or not, he really was. Well Mr Kane for bringing Richard alive!

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Really enjoyed it

Great listen. Author did a really good job of balancing historical detail and good pacing. The reader was very engaging also.

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Wonderful End to the Series

A wonderful performance by Philip Stevens and a wonderfully written end to the series. I enjoyed this one from start to finish and loved all three of these books.

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Caught me from the first boot to the current

Great story line and pulled me in from the start. Detail of the writer takes you to the times of the book. Fantastic

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Fantastic

I have been utterly enthralled by this series, the writing, production and delivery.
So much so, this is the first time I have taken the time to leave a review.
Absolutely gripping.

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Superb

New to audio books and selected this after conn iggulden genghis series ,very east to listen to less deatail than iggulden but that made the story better

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Spoiler alert Ben Kane is King

Another fantastic finish to another fantastic trilogy. I'll follow ben kane till the end of this earth just like rufous follows richard

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Loved it, highly recommended

Another gripping novel by Ben Kane. I was pulled into the book immediately and found it hard to put it down to go to sleep. If British History is your passion don’t miss out on this.

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Phenomenal series of books.

If you are looking for an excellent listen with characters that come to life then this fast paced, action packed series is exactly what you need. Mr Kane weaves an enthralling story which with just a little imagination will have you riding along with the Lionheart and his trusty Knight Rufus. The only downside is that it has to end..thank you Mr Kane for a wonderful listen.

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enjoyed

Not a dull moment, an excellent listen. I listen during my commute to work and found myself sitting in the car park after arriving at work with a reluctance to leave the listen.

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