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At the age of thirty-two, Richard the Lionheart has finally succeeded Henry II to the English throne. And, against his father’s wishes, he intends to make Berengaria, daughter of the King of Navarre, his Queen.

But first he must fulfil his vow to his country to win back Jerusalem for the Christian world. Leaving England to begin his crusade, Richard’s kingdom is left in the hands of his brother, John, who casts covetous eyes on the crown, and his sister, Joanna, adored yet willing to defy even a king.

Praise for Jean Plaidy

‘Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama’
New York Times

‘Jean Plaidy conveys the texture of various patches of the past with such rich complexity’

The Heart of the Lion

Jean Plaidy, one of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy’s novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

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Praise for Jean Plaidy

‘A vivid impression of life at the Tudor Court’
Daily Telegraph

‘One of the country’s most widely read novelists’
Sunday Times

Vanity Fair

‘It is hard to better Jean Plaidy . . . both elegant and exciting’
Daily Mirror

‘Plaidy has brought the past to life’
Times Literary Supplement

‘One of our best historical novelists’
News Chronicle

‘An excellent story’
Irish Press

‘Spirited . . . Plaidy paints the truth as she sees it’
Birmingham Post

‘Sketched vividly and sympathetically . . . rewarding’

‘Among the foremost of current historical novelists’
Birmingham Mail

‘An accomplished novelist’
Glasgow Evening News

‘There can be no doubt of the author’s gift for storytelling’
Illustrated London News

‘Jean Plaidy has once again brought characters and
background vividly to life’

‘Well up to standard . . . fascinating’
Manchester Evening News

‘Exciting and intelligent’
Truth Magazine

‘No frills and plenty of excitement’
Yorkshire Post

‘Meticulous attention to historical detail’
South Wales Argus

‘Colourful . . . imaginative and exciting’
Northern Daily Telegraph

‘Effective and readable’

‘A vivid picture of the crude and vigorous London of
those days’ Laurence Meynell

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The Tudors
Uneasy Lies the Head
Katharine, the Virgin
The Shadow of the
The King’s Secret Matter
Murder Most Royal
St Thomas’s Eve
The Sixth Wife
The Thistle and the Rose
Mary Queen of France
Lord Robert
Royal Road to Fotheringay
The Captive Queen of Scots

The Medici Trilogy
Madame Serpent
The Italian Woman
Queen Jezebel

The Plantagenets
The Plantagenet Prelude
The Revolt of the Eaglets
The Heart of the Lion
The Prince of Darkness

The French Revolution
Louis the Well-Beloved
The Road to Compiègne
Flaunting, Extravagant

The Heart of the Lion


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Epub ISBN 9781446411742

Published by Arrow Books in 2007

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Copyright © Jean Plaidy, 1977

Initial lettering copyright © Stephen Raw, 2006

The Estate of Eleanor Hibbert has asserted its right to have Jean Plaidy identified as the author of this work.

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

First published in the United Kingdom in 1977 by Robert Hale Ltd

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   A King is Crowned
   Alice and Berengaria
   The Sicilian Adventure
   The Wedding is Postponed
   The Fruits of Cyprus
   The King and the Sultan
   On the Walls of Acre
   Philip’s Farewell
   Joanna and Malek Adel
   The Old Man of the Mountains
   Farewell Jerusalem
   The Royal Fugitive
   The Jewelled Belt
   Longchamp and Prince John
   The Return of Eleanor
   Blondel’s Song
   The Reconciliation
   Reunion with Berengaria
   The Saucy Castle
   The Crock of Gold

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