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Lion of Alnwick (The Percy Trilogy #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Against a rich backcloth of chivalry, romance, treachery and plague in Medieval England is set the magnificent saga of the Percy family who planted the seeds which grew into the Wars of the Roses.


This is the story of Harry Percy – descendent of kings, confidant of kings and eventual maker and destroyer of kings, and his defiant love for the fair Margaret Nev
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Futura Publications (first published 1980)
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Jun 06, 2011 Misfit rated it it was amazing
"If there were ever an English king of Scotland than there would be no Scotland. And remember, my fledgling lord, if there is no Scotland then mayhap there'll be no Percys."

The Lion of Alnwick begins in 1357 as young Henry (Hal) Percy should be at court focusing on garnering favor and the best positions, but he takes one look at Margaret and falls head over heels, despite her being a widow with nothing to bring to the marriage, and she's a Neville to boot (gasp!). They wed, and happily, but Hal
This book incorporates the reigns of Plantagenet kings Edward III, Richard II and Henry IV, as seen through the eyes of three generations of the powerful Percy family, who themselves had Plantagenet blood.

I could really have done with various family trees or a list of characters at the beginning of this book - with so many Henry Percys, Mortimers and Nevilles throughout royal history, many of whom were related by marriage, it was sometimes hard to work out which particular Percy, Mortimer or Nev
Jun 13, 2011 Michele rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. Really this is fantastic historical fiction by an author I had never heard of. Centered around the Percy family beginning with the first Earl of Northumberland, the story follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Percy family from the reign of Edward III, the intrigues of John of Gaunt, the accession of Richard II and his eventual downfall and the ascendency of Henry IV.

This is an incredibly complex novel, it should be noted, and if you don't have a decent grasp of the movers and
Jan 03, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
Two stars is perhaps kind of harsh; what I did really love about this book was its faithfulness in portraying the medieval world. I wish other writers of historical fiction would have the courage of their convictions in the same way, and not worry about alienating a reader who doesn't know much about this period. This book cares about heraldry and armour and the layout of a castle and the people who would serve a noble lord (and indeed, the large number of minor nobility who owe allegiance to th ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lori by: Misfit
Shelves: medieval-fict
The blurb on the cover states that this is, "The first volume in the trilogy of the wild and brilliant Percy family." While not quite in the same class as a Penman or a Chadwick, this incredibly rich historical novel is an excellent and satisfying read for medieval and Plantagenet enthusiasts. The only (very minor) quibbles I had with the novel were some very minute historical errors (for example, Joan of Kent being widowed by the Earl of Salisbury -- that marriage was annulled -- and John of Ga ...more
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Apr 29, 2013 Sara Giacalone rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this first book in the Percy Family saga, and getting a different point of view. I'm mostly used to reading about the later Wars of the Roses (more Edward IV era) from the York perspective. These books tell about the early years, and this one in particular focused on the early struggles of Lancaster, particularly the Duke of Lancaster and his son Henry Boilingbrook, who became Henry IV after disposing Richard II. This book was a real treat, with lots of historical detail ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
wonderful could not put down
Mar 16, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I want to rate this book higher, but I can't. The relationship between Harry "Hotspur" Percy and his wife, Elizabeth Mortimer, is portrayed as being extremely dysfunctional and at times, physically abusive. Hotspur was nicknamed for his speed in battle and is characterized by Shakespeare as impetuous, but he is renowned for a code of chivalry, as well. There is no historical evidence that I know of that supports brutality between them, and it lessened my enjoyment of the book.
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Jun 10, 2011 Mandy Moody marked it as to-read
Requested the trilogy through ILL :)
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Carol Wensby-Scott was born and educated in Brighton, Sussex. Before becoming a full-time writer she ran an antiquarian bookshop. Her first novel, Proud Conquest, was published in 1979 and Lion of Alnwick, the first of the Percy trilogy, in 1980. She now lives in Northumberland where she has carried out much of her research.
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