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The Lily and the Leopard

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THE LILY
France in 1414 was a country at war, overrun within by marauding knights and besieged from without by an ambitious English king.

THE LEOPARD
England in 1414 was ruled by King Henry V, a driven monarch who was determined to regain his French lands, even if it meant war.

THE LILY AND THE LEOPARD
Lianna of France was mistress of a great castle in Normandy Rand of England
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Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Published 1991 by HarperPrism
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Misfit
First off, don't miss the lovely stepback courtesy of Inka:



Awesome. Now for the story...

"An ambitious monarch divided them. Loyalty to King Henry compelled Rand to secure and hold Bois-Long for England; her loyalty to mad Charles obliged her to retain the château for France."

The guy: Enguerrand (Rand) Fitzmarc has just been rewarded for faithful service to Henry V, and he's now the first Baron of Longwood. But that comes with a price - he's to cross the channel and marry the current mistress of
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Ana T.
May 07, 2008 rated it liked it
France in 1414 was a country at war, overrun within by marauding knights and besieged from without by an ambitious English king.

THE LEOPARD
England in 1414 was ruled by King Henry V, a driven monarch who was determined to regain his French lands, even if it meant war.

THE LILY AND THE LEOPARD
Lianna of France was mistress of a great castle in Normandy. Rand of England was King Henry's most fearless and trusted warrior. They were fated to meet in a sunny forest glade, just as their countries wer
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Trudy Miner
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1414, Henry V of England set out to conquer France. His newly-minted knight, base-born Rand Fitzmarc, hero who saved the king by alerting him to a plot to overthrow the monarchy, is instructed to take charge of Bois-Long and to marry its chatelaine. Lianna of Bois-Long is determined to hold her castle for King Charles of France and no other so she decides to thwart Henry's demand by marrying a Frenchman first. Then she meets a handsome stranger in the woods and they begin a love affair for th ...more
Michele
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a history fanatic (okay, total history nerd, I will admit it) I am often skeptical of historical fiction. This is accurate, this is interesting, this is a great read. Henry V and the Hundred Years War....France and England...united in marriage yet at war for control of France. Marriages as alliances, family members choosing sides, treason, treachery, dishonesty.....yet a love story amid the chaos of war. However, this isn't a flowery romance that nauseates you to read....it's got blood, death ...more
Samantha Stambaugh
Amidst the fight of French and English land rights, we see the French Bois-Long maiden fall in love with the English baron who lays claim to her land, her home, and her heart - the latter being the most difficult to acquire.

Filled with action, adventure, and minor characters that are as well-written as the hero and heroine, I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy a setting that draws you in, characters to grow with, and a plot that takes you through a lifetime of tears and joy in betwee
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Allison Miller
This is a fast-paced novel set in 15th century France and England. Beliane de Bois-Long is upset when her Uncle informs her that she has to marry an Englishman to form an alliance with King Henry V of England. She trys to foil his plan by marrying someone else, but ultimately that doesn't work out. In the meantime she meets a handsome knight while travelling the grounds outside her home and falls in love. When the marriage goes forward sparks fly. The book is full of intrigue, battles and romanc ...more
Harlequin Books
"Wiggs returns to her historical romance roots with a classic, medieval, battle-of-wills romance. The strong warrior, the defiant damsel, misunderstandings, divided loyalties, devious villains and plenty of sexual tension are all elements long-time historical romance readers adore and expect from Wiggs, and comprise a tale newcomers will also enjoy" (RT Book Reviews). 4 stars
Rick Iekel
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
First of all, I like to read Susan Wiggs' books. She's a writer who can keep me interested. This book also suits my interest in historical novels. A love story set in the 15th century, the plot includes good detail about life in the middle ages. Whether historically correct or not, I enjoyed the plot of two people who were destined to be both lovers and enemies.
Diane
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction crossed with romance. The Battle of Angincourt, Henry V, Knights, chivalry, treason, love trust, suspicion all serve as prime characters in this story. Kept me reading, but a light story nonetheless.
Beth Johnson
Not her best work. I wanted to like and respect the characters, but the language was too flowery and the decisions were mostly terrible. Plus the post wedding sex scene left me disturbed and colored the entire rest of the book.
Ray
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Amazing story. Great character development. Wish all books I read were this complete.
Linda
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
wonderful historical fiction including Henry the V of England, the Duke of York and the battle Of Algalncont.
Jeri Johnson
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 1400's. Good story and good subjects.
Chris
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I love all her historic romance novels. Smart heroines with satisfying conclusions
Carolyn
I didn't like it at first, I did not care for Lianna. Then it started going into the details of the battle of Agincourt so it was ok.
Lisa Crawford
Greatly enjoyed this historically inspired novel.
Laura
Jan 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF...I just couldn't get into this one.
Lauren
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself skimming a lot. I don't know why, but it just didn't hold my interest.
PWRL
Jan 21, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-new
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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See www.fieldsend.org ...more
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