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Blondel's Song By David Boyle

Blondel's Song
by David Boyle

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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.
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Blondel's Song: The capture, Imprisonment and Ransom of Richard the Lionheart by David Boyle

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 has been relegated to the nursery by generations of historians. But it also 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. 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. And it uncovers 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.

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About David Boyle


David Boyle is the author of a series of books about the past and future of money, economics and ideas, including Funny Money, The Tyranny of Numbers and Authenticity. He is an associate at the London-based think-tank, the New Economics Foundation, and a contributor to a range of newspapers and magazines including the New Statesman and BBC History. He has had a varied career in newspapers, television, policy and social innovation, at various times helping to launch time banks in Britain, standing for Parliament and advising the government on the future of volunteering. He is married with one child and lives in South London.

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GOR001157907
Blondel's Song: The capture, Imprisonment and Ransom of Richard the Lionheart by David Boyle
David Boyle
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2005-06-30
400
067091486X
9780670914869
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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