Title: The Passionate Brood: A Novel of Richard the Lionheart and the Man Who Became Robin Hood
Author: Margaret Campbell Barnes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Paperback: 368 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
In this compelling novel of love, loyalty, and lost chances, Margaret Campbell Barnes gives readers a new perspective on Richard the Lionheart’s triumphs and tragedies. Drawing on folklore, Barnes explores what might have happened if King Richard’s foster brother were none other than Robin Hood, a legendary figure more vibrant than most in authentic history. Thick as thieves as Richard builds a kingdom and marshals a crusade, the two clash when Robin Hood so provokes the king’s white hot temper that Richard banishes him. The Passionate Brood is a tale of a man driven to win back the Holy Land, beset by the guilt of casting out his childhood friend, and shouldering the burden of being the lionhearted leader of the Plantagenets.
The Passionate Brood by Margaret Campbell Barnes is a re-release of a brilliant work of historical fiction, which focuses on Richard I, the Plantagenets, and the legend of Robin Hood. Campbell Barnes writes exquisite historical novels and this one is not an exception. Her choice in writing about the rather early years of the rise, struggles, tragedies and triumphs of the Plantagenets is quite well done. In The Passionate Brood, the reader is introduced to real and quite fictional characters, creating an exceptional story of King Richard I’s reign, the crusades, the man who becomes known as Robin Hood, and also the struggle of the Plantagenets. Campbell Barnes’ characters are well written and one is easily transported back to the twelfth century through her descriptive and vivid imagery. The Passionate Brood is a thrilling and fast paced novel, which brings together history with folklore to create an exceptional book. I would highly recommend The Passionate Brood to all readers, especially those who enjoy a well-written historical fiction novel.
I received a complimentary copy of The Passionate Brood by Margaret Campbell Barnes from Sourcebooks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.