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Blondel's Song 2 editions

Cover of: Blondel's Song | David Boyle
About the Book

On his way back from the crusades, one of England's most famous and romantic medieval kings was ship-wrecked and stranded near Venice. Trying to make his way home in disguise, he was arrested and imprisoned and effectively disappeared. He didn't return home for another fifteen months, and at enormous cost – a quarter of the entire wealth of England was paid to win his release.The extraordinary events surrounding Richard the Lionheart's disappearance provides the background to some of the most colourful and enduring legends – Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, the discovery of King Arthur's grave, and above all, the story of Blondel, Richard's faithful minstrel, and his journey across central Europe – singing under castle towers – until he finds the missing king.Blondel's Song tells the tale of one of the most peculiar incidents of medieval history, and the background to the real Blondel and his fellow troubadours, as well as the courts of love, the Holy Grail, emergence of gothic cathedrals like Notre Dame and Chartres, and the unique moment of tolerance in the West – when Europe shared a language, and a new culture of music, romance and chivalry.

2 editions First published in 2006

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Cover of: Blondel's Song
2008, Penguin Group UK
Blondel's Song
Electronic resource in English
Cover of: Blondel's Song
May 4, 2006, Penguin
Blondel's Song


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