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The de Lacy Inheritance

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Using characters known to recorded history—including one to become the real Sheriff of Nottingham—Elizabeth Ashworth weaves a tale of loves lost and found during the exile of Richard the Lionheart
Richard Fitz-Eustace's return from Palestine is far from joyous. Damned by leprosy, he must bid his family a final and sorrowful farewell and leave his estates at Halton Castle f
Paperback, 277 pages
Published July 14th 2010 by Myrmidon Books Ltd (first published June 17th 2010)
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I’ve had this on my “to read” list for a while, and decided to read it as a change from the steady diet of historical romance in which I’ve been indulging recently.

The de Lacy Inheritance was inspired by the old Lancashire legend of the hermit who lived beneath Cliderhou (Clitheroe) Castle.

The central characters are brother and sister, Richard and Johanna FitzEustace. Richard contracted leprosy during his time on crusade in the Holy Land and has come home to be read the “Mass of Separation”, wh
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if The De Lacy Inheritance is supposed to be a YA novel, but it certainly reads like one. Taken as a YA novel, it's wonderful. It reads as either a more complex YA book or as a slightly simplistic adult-fiction story. I was a bit surprised by how much of the book was from Richard's perspective given the cover (I know, I know--never judge a book by it's cover) and by the pervasive religious overtones in his thread of the story. It certainly isn't a bad thing, just a bit surprising. T ...more
Elizabeth Alger
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I grew up on a steady diet of historical novels, but stopped reading them entirely - mainly because, as a teenager, I wanted only to read about Richard III and wore myself out with all the crying. So 'The De Lacy Inheritance' was the first for many years and, I'm pleased to say, I really enjoyed it.

It's a well researched, engrossing read with convincing characters and a satisying ending. I was impressed with the way that the author, skilfully blending fiction and fact, constructed the story from
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I finished reading this book a couple of weeks ago but am only now having time to post my review. However, the book was good enough that it has stayed with me despite my having read six or seven other books since finishing it.

First of all, this book actually feels good to read. I love the binding the publishers used and wish it was used more often. In addition to the excellent content of the book, I kept reading because I enjoyed the feel of the cover. The pages themselves were of a quality of
Amy Bruno

Being short myself, I’ve always subscribed to the “good things come in small packages” mentality, and now I can apply that to the new novel by Elizabeth Ashworth, The de Lacy Inheritance. At 280 pages this short book packs a powerful and emotional punch that I wasn’t quite expecting!

Richard has just returned home from fighting the infidels in the Crusades, but the homecoming is bittersweet as he has returned with leprosy and as such, must be declared dead by a priest, banished from his childhood
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I knew very little about this era of history, but the book brought it very much alive. It was interesting to learn about attitudes to disease, too, as well as meeting a cast of fascinating characters, based on real historical figures but re-imagined vividly by the author and placed in a very convincing Lancashire of the period.
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1192, England, the story begins with the exclusion ceremony of a leper returned from the Crusades in the Holy Land. Richard de Eustace feels his affliction is in some way God’s punishment for his sin of love with a native girl and accepts his fate.

He must take his farewell of his mother, grandmother and sisters, leave his estates at Halton Castle and live out his life as a hermit. He journeys north into the newly named county of Lancashire, his final task but before he leaves, his grandmo
Tara Chevrestt
This is a decent YA historical novel. It's a bit of an overdone tale.. girl in medieval England is shut up in a castle after she attempts to run away to avoid be married off to an old man with a wart. However, there is a unique twist to this as the heroine's brother is a leper and a hermit who tries to save her from her unhappy fate.

I liked the heroine enough. Though she had her damsel in distress moments, she also had moments when she donned boy's clothes and forged rivers on her trusty steed.
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I know very little about this in English history period and thought the author brought it vividly to life in The De Lacy Inheritance.

It had well-drawn characters and an intriguing plot, with poignant moments and a satisfying ending. And the afterword was fascinating, showing how skillfully Elizabeth Ashworth blended fact and fiction.

A highly recommended read!
Amanda Jane
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Being a Lancashire Lass this was heaven to read. I looked at the settings and thought, 'Oh yes I've been there ! "

The story's gripping and carried me from beginning to end.
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Since selling my first article at the age of eleven and my first story not long afterwards I've been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines.

In 2006 the first of my non-fiction books, Champion Lancastrians, was published and since then Countryside Books have published Tales of Old Lancashire and Lancashire:Who Lies Beneath.

In June 2010 my first novel, The de Lacy Inheritance, was pub
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