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A Memory of Lions

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It was a time of conquest and cruelty, of the clash of iron chains and armor, of French blood on English soil. Here Gerlaine de Neuville comes with her family to claim their fiefdom and build their own noble line.

But Saxons, they discover, do not take so easily to the yoke. And one of them, half a lord by birth--learned, tall, and fearless--cannot be cowed. He is Gurth Bas
Paperback, 277 pages
Published 1983 by Berkley (first published 1976)
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Doesn't the cover look like a smarmy romance novel? Okay, this is SO NOT a romance novel. In fact, there is not one single sex scene to be found in this entire book. Rather, this is the story of a Norman family coming into the land given to them by William the Conqueror following the Battle of Hastings....heading north to take possession of a land that belonged to the Saxons before the Conquest. Once there, the Normans quickly find that this endeavor isn't nearly as easy as it seems.

When the co
Reading this on the heels of Nora Lofts "Madselin" allowed me to compare two historical fiction treatments of life in England during the mid-11th century, soon after the Norman conquest. The clash of cultures is the focus of both. In this book, the clash is more dramatic and gruesome. Through its triple-headed plot--history, love story, and murder mystery--"A Memory of Lions" covers events of 1073 in northern England.

While both the Norman and Saxon cultures were violent with brutal enforcement
"...that's a devil out there. A devil who only looks like a man. I don't want to meet him unshriven."

Or is it a devil? The story begins after the Conquest, after the Harrying of the North, as the de Neuville family rebuilds on the northern lands awarded them by King William. The Saxons may be conquered, but their customs, laws and mindset constantly clash with that of the Normans, and the Normans don't give a d*** about what the Saxons want.

De Neuville's daughter Gerlaine is attracted to Gurth
This beautiful novel combines historical fiction (featuring Godwin's expert grasp of early English history), romance, and a murder mystery.
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Parke Godwin was an American writer known for his lyrical yet precise prose style and sardonic humor. He was also known for his novels of legendary figures placed in realistic historical settings; his retelling of the Arthur legend (Firelord in 1980, Beloved Exile in 1984, and The Last Rainbow in 1985) is set in the 5th century during the collapse of the Roman empire, and his reinterpretation of R ...more
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