The Lion and the Leopard

The Lion and the Leopard A grand full blown historical love story The Cherry Fair relates the story of a passionate m nage a trios played out against the bloody backdrop of war torn th century England In at the d Ar

  • Title: The Lion and the Leopard
  • Author: Mary Ellen Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780517557273
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A grand, full blown historical love story, The Cherry Fair relates the story of a passionate m nage a trios played out against the bloody backdrop of war torn 14th century England In 1317, at the d Arderne family s annual cherry fair festival, Maria d Arderne is unhappily betrothed to a much older baron Maria laments her fate and often ponders a well known saying, LifeA grand, full blown historical love story, The Cherry Fair relates the story of a passionate m nage a trios played out against the bloody backdrop of war torn 14th century England In 1317, at the d Arderne family s annual cherry fair festival, Maria d Arderne is unhappily betrothed to a much older baron Maria laments her fate and often ponders a well known saying, Life though pleasant, is transitory, even as is the Cherry Fair She fears that life is passing her by, and is torn between duty and her attraction to a fabled knight, Phillip Rendell, who arrives for the festivities Minstrels sing the praises of Phillip, who once saved the life of his lord, Richard of Sussex, at the infamous battle of Bannockburn Maria is enchanted by the tales and the handsome man before her Recently returned from years abroad, Phillip knows it s time to forgo his wandering ways and, as all men must, settle down While both are betrothed to others, Maria and Phillip brave scandal to elope, seeking shelter and protection from their powerful lord and Phillip s friend, Richard of Sussex Following their hasty marriage, Maria happily settles into what she assumes will be a quiet, uneventful life with her beloved husband forever at her side But there is nothing quiet about the reign of Edward II Attractive, charming, weak, incompetent and largely disinterested in affairs of state, King Edward is haunted by the legacy of his fabled father, Edward I Increasingly, as Edward II scandalizes his barons with his unnatural attractions to foolhardy male favorites, they rebel Hit and run skirmishes occur enemies are hanged, drawn and quartered Civil war looms Richard of Sussex, who is Edward s half brother, remains the king s champion, but most others grow increasingly hostile One, Roger Mortimer of Wig, a ruthless Marcher lord who was imprisoned for his treasonous acts against Edward II, covets England s crown for himself Seducing Edward s French queen, Isabella, both plot to invade England Mortimer s ultimate plan is to depose the nation s hapless sovereign, replace him with Edward II s heir, and position himself, Roger Mortimer, as the power behind the throne Meanwhile, Phillip Rendell has grown frustrated by his day to day life as lord of the manor Increasingly, he hears the siren song of travel and when he departs England, a devastated Maria eventually turns to Richard of Sussex for solace While England collapses about them, Richard tries to save his brother s kingdom But Roger Mortimer, as brilliant as he is brutal, captures and imprisons Edward II Even Queen Isabella becomes uneased by the resultant violence and the knowledge that her lover will stop at nothing to realize his ambition Following a three year absence, Phillip returns to England just as Mortimer is readying troops to capture Richard of Sussex Wearied of traveling and having realized that it was his wife and family, rather than exotic places, that made him happy, Phillip arrives at Dover There, he is greeted by the news that his wife and his liege lord are lovers The two people he loved most in the world have committed the ultimate act of betrayal against him What will Phillip do now How will he extract his revenge As events reach their climax, Richard is imprisoned, Edward II is murdered in one of history s most sordid executions, Maria is publicly shamed for her sins, Phillip must decide where his true loyalties lie, and all are painfully reminded that Life though pleasant is transitory, even as is the Cherry Fair Originally published to glowing reviews as The Lion and the Leopard Crown Publishers , The Cherry Fair has been reworked and re edited Nearly 70 pages have been added, including a new ending, to bring it in line with the author s original vision.

    758 Comment

    • Karla says:

      This story couldn't hold my interest over the long haul of reading it 30 minutes every day on the elliptical. Some books can do it, some can't. This couldn't.Maria, the heroine, is a young girl who impulsively runs off with Philip Rendell, a squire or minor knight or something in order to get away from marriage to an icky old perv. But love doesn't pay the bills, so to speak, and the bloom eventually comes off the rose. Maria wants love and devotion, and Philip is restless and wants to roam the [...]

    • Mermarie says:

      Kindle freebie today.

    • Margaret Watkins says:

      A well researched and written book covering a dark period in history in the early 1300's. At times the story became so painful it was almost impossible to continue reading. Love and betrayal, war and court intrigue speak of a time when life was uncertain and a man or woman's worth depended on forces outside their control. The Church at that time had an unfortunate power over the people, and meted out punishment in the most cruel and bizarre way. I cannot say that this was an enjoyable read, but [...]

    • LuAnn Rodriquez says:

      This is a detailed and powerful story of the life of men in powerful positions and the women they loved in England in the 1300's. The attention to detail and the lives described drew me into this book and occasionally caused a need for short reading breaks because the pain and the joy of living in such a demanding time period deeply touched my heart. This author did a superb job of painting the characters with compassion, clarity, and credibility. I cared enough about them that I also grieved wh [...]

    • Kathi says:

      A love story/triangle set against the rule of Edward II in England.

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