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by Graham Shelby

Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Graham Shelby
ISBN: 000221413X
ISBN13: 978-0002214131
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; First Edition edition (October 12, 1970)
Pages: 256
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The Kings of Vain Intent. AMALRIC OF LUSIGNAN Constable of the Kingdom, brother of King Guy. JOSCELIN OF COURTENAY Seneschal of the Kingdom.

The Kings of Vain Intent.

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Start by marking The Kings of Vain Intent as Want to Read . Graham Shelby's first novel about the Crusading Kingdom of Jerusalem, The Knights of Dark Renown was widely praised for its combination of pace, colour and vivid characterisation

Start by marking The Kings of Vain Intent as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Graham Shelby's first novel about the Crusading Kingdom of Jerusalem, The Knights of Dark Renown was widely praised for its combination of pace, colour and vivid characterisation. In this, its sequel, as in the earlier book, the things which the reader will find most difficult to believe in are those for which there is Sequel to The Knights of Dark Renown.

Shelby portrays the Second Crusade as not so much a military but a political effort, and succeeds in providing his readers with a comprehensible explanation of its failure, caused chiefly by the internecine squabbling among the Crusaders, who, while united by a common religion, all seemed more interested in advancing their personal programs.

Graham Shelby (18 September 1939 – 20 December 2016) was a British historical novelist. The Knights of Dark Renown (1969), set in the Kingdom of Jerusalem during the reigns of Baldwin IV, Baldwin V and Queen Sibylla, majoring on the real-life knights Balian of Ibelin, Raynald of Châtillon and their arch-enemy Saladin.

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ISBN13:9780002214131.

ISBN 10: 0006128777 ISBN 13: 9780006128779. Publisher: Ballantine Books, 1972.

Comments to eBook Kings of Vain Intent
Cha
Although this book follows the usual tripe about the noble Saladin and the bickering, uncivilized Christians, at least he has most of his facts right. Where this book is weakest is with regard to characterization. Shelby has turned Conrad de Montferrat into the villain and in so doing certainly exaggerated considerably, albeit it is wrong to suggest that there is no basis for his interpretation. I found Shelby's negative portrayal of Richard I more difficult to take: the disproved homosexuality, the depiction of a man without subtleties, and the absurd notion that it is more evil to behead Saracen prisoners (after the re-capture of Acre in 1191) than bound Christian knights (the Templars and Hospitallers after Hattin in 1187). Most disappointing, however, was that after making Humphrey Isabella the epitome of young lovers in "Knights of Ill-Repute" and then suffering, separated lovers in this book, he suddenly -- one paragraph -- drops a distanced narrative about how "although he loved her he didn't want to be king" to explain why Humphrey - after murdering Montferrat so rescue Isabella -- doesn't insist on marrying his widowed bride! It reads as if Shelby himself has either lost interest in his characters -- or realized his interpretation was wrong all along. Yet for all its faults, it does provide a nearly battle-by-battle description of the Third Crusade and is far closer to the truth of crusader society that many other novels set in this period.
Chinon
This book takes up where the Knights of Dark Renown left off. Saladin has won his battles, and the Moslems now control Palestine. The Christian leaders are Saladin's prisoners, and their castles and the holy city of Jerusalem are in Saracan hands. But a new star is on the horizon, heading with steady implacability towards Palestine: Richard the Lion-Hearted. Will he be able to free Palestine from Moslem hands and return it to Christian control?

This lackluster offering follows the events of the Third Crusade, but unlike its predecessor, the characters are wooden, often one-dimensional portrays that could have been cut directly out of 10th-grade history texts and pasted onto these pages. Shelby appears to not know what to do with the newly-freed Christian leaders before Richard arrives, and once the Lion-Hearted appears all other personages fade into the background. Humphrey and Isabella suffer horribly throughout this entire book, yet the reader feels little connection or sympathy to them: somehow it all seems impossibly fake. By the end of the book one feels the worst of all feelings: relief.

Hard to believe that the two books were written by the same person. It took me years to find this sequel, and frankly, it wasn't worth the effort. Just get the Knights of Dark Renown and skip the follow up: you won't be missing anything you didn't know from history....
Windforge
excellent condition
NI_Rak
This novel, set during the years 1187-92, centers on the Second Crusade to free the Holy Land from Muslim rule, of which Richard I Lionheart of England was a central character. Though he plays a major part in the book, its primary focus is Balian of Ibelin, Lord of Nablus (born, as so many participants in that Crusade were, in the European kingdoms of Outremer established after the victorious First Crusade), his wife Maria Comnena, her daughter Princess Isabella of Jerusalem (the younger daughter of the first Frankish king of that domain), Isabella's husband Humphrey, Lord of Toron, and Balian's squire Ernoul, a would-be poet and historian. In the wake of the Frankish defeat at Hattin, which led to his two-year imprisonment by the Muslims under Saladin, Guy of Lusignan, the reluctant current King of Jerusalem through his marriage to Isabella's older sister, finds himself embroiled in a rivalry with Conrad, Marquis of Montferrat, who has established himself as deliverer and lord of Tyre and is eager to hand it over to a European king--preferably Philip Augustus of France or the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa of Germany, who are both his cousins--and thereby consolidate his own position. But Conrad has other ambitions too, including the throne of Jerusalem. Since Guy has a powerful backer of his own--his family has sworn fealty to Richard--it looks as if only political maneuvering will secure it for him. But when Guy's queen dies unexpectedly, another route opens up. If Conrad can secure Isabella as his wife, he'll have a legitimate claim to the throne. That she is happily married matters not a whit to him.

What's most tragic about the unfolding story isn't the European loss of the conquests of almost 50 years earlier, but the fate of Isabella and the grief of her family. Conrad--a villain of the kind you love to hate--is so thoroughly slimy that you wish this were the era of King Arthur and some bold and valorous knight would offer to rescue the "damsel in distress." Unfortunately, even after Isabella is unexpectedly relieved of him, none does, and she remains a helpless pawn.

Shelby portrays the Second Crusade as not so much a military but a political effort, and succeeds in providing his readers with a comprehensible explanation of its failure, caused chiefly by the internecine squabbling among the Crusaders, who, while united by a common religion, all seemed more interested in advancing their personal programs. He also finds time to portray something of the character of Richard, accepting the modern scholarship which argues that he was homosexual and never consummated his marriage to Princess Berengaria of Navarre, and showing both good and bad aspects to this famous ruler who never really ruled England. Richard's great rival Saladin, too, has an important role and is sympathetically portrayed as a human being who was in many ways superior to those he fought. Though not as upbeat as many, this is a superior historical novel, well researched and tightly written. Readers who enjoy it should also seek out the author's The Knights of Dark Renown.
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