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Lord Geoffrey's Fancy

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hewing closely to historical fact, Lord Geoffrey’s Fancy presents a beautifully detailed, fast-paced study of the 13th-century and its world of knights and crusaders, courtly love, and chivalry. The hero, Sir Geoffrey de Bruyere, is “the best knight in all Romanie,” and we follow him through lively hunts and brightly-colored jousting tournaments to fierce battles, as he fi ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Phoenix (first published 1962)
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Dirk Heinz
Lukewarm effort...Would love to have some period maps of the areas covered in Duggan's books. I am interested in learning more about who the Griffons were and who they became.
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It was like looking at the medieval world through medieval eyes. From the POV of an impoverished English knight who sought his fortune in the east and ended up in the princedom of Lamorie (the Peloponnese of 'Frankish Romania') fighting fellow 'Franks', the Byzantine Greeks ("Griffons") and their Turkish mercenaries ("Heathens & Infidels"). The author understood the how the people of that time and origin thought of their world and it is well incorporated into the story. Incredibly, all the m ...more
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I liked it, not least for its unusual setting. I've seen very few historical novels set in Frankish Greece, and seeing Greece through the eyes of a medieval Westerner was a new experience.

The narrator is an engaging fellow, and his wife is an example of medieval noblewomen at their best.
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Dec 23, 2015 S.J. Arnott rated it really liked it
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I'm a big Duggan fan, and this is one of my favourites, though I don't think the title does the book any favours. 'Lord Geoffrey's Fancy' is a bit twee; it makes it sound like a bodice-ripper.

As usual, Duggan does a great job of getting inside the heads of his characters, in this case we follow the career of Sir William Briwerr, a young (presently landless) Norman knight who travels to the Frank territories of the eastern Mediterranean to join the mesnie of Lord Geoffrey de Bruyere, the 'best Kn
Jim Dudley
Feb 15, 2016 Jim Dudley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea that there was a Frankish crusader kingdom in Greece in the 1200's. The author uses all of the old 13th Century names for the country, the places and the populace which is brilliant, but also makes it difficult to follow exactly where things are happening and exactly who is fighting whom. That said I did eventually catch up and can recommend this book whole heartedly. The characters are brilliant if a little idealised, and the pace is perfect.
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Jan 28, 2016 matthew mcdonald rated it really liked it
Not really my sort of thing - children's historical fiction, written by an over educated Englishman in the early twentieth century.

On the other hand, it's fairly reasonable for what it is. It's not great literature, but the events in the story actually happened, and the setting (western knights in Byzantium on a crusade) is reasonably novel. The author knows the history well - among other things, he was an archeologist.

Somebody could probably write a really interesting straightforward history o
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"There have been few historical imaginations better informed or more gifted than Alfred Duggan’s" (The New Criterion).

Historian, archaeologist and novelist Alfred Leo Duggan wrote historical fiction and non-fiction about a wide range of subjects, in places and times as diverse as Julius Caesar’s Rome and the Medieval Europe of Thomas Becket.

Although he was born in Argentina, Duggan grew up in Engl
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