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Topic: Lionheart: Chapters 21 to 30

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Subject: Lionheart: Chapters 21 to 30
Date Posted: 10/9/2011 8:21 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/14/2011 10:10 AM ET
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For those of us who read Saints, Time and Chance and Devils Brood.  How did you feeling seeing Ranulf's son Morgan pop up?

What do you think about Richard's reckless courage?  I think the way Sharon "gets" the psychology of the characters and is able to articulate it. This is what make her just that much better than most writers, do any of you see this too?

 

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Date Posted: 10/14/2011 4:20 PM ET
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Oh, absolutely.  She's SO adept at using the vast diversity of faith, ethnicity, culture, and gender in the array of characters to explore where they are all coming from.  Using Joanna helping Berengaria understand Norman culture and men of war in general (and Richard in particular) to explain to US.  Using Normans in Outremer talking about Saracen tactics and culture to Richard, to explain them to us.  Using nobles who owed allegiances to both Richard and Phillip to demonstrate the conflicting loyalties and opinions as to the conflict between the two kings.  She does it so naturally.  Only once did it feel something feel a bit contrived, IMO. 

 

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 8:46 PM ET
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And about Morgan ... In theory I like the idea, but I didn't really feel any way about it.  I recognized the name but it's been so long since I read the Welsh trilogy that I don't remember anything about him. 

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 10:19 PM ET
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I just remember him from the other books, and just knew there had to be more to him.  At first I thought he might be the priest that is Llewelyn's councilor in the Welsh trilogy.   But I see that he is to young, to be that Morgan.

Date Posted: 10/20/2011 1:31 PM ET
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SKP certainly is a master at exposition along with her other many storytelling talents.  I thought it was interesting to have Morgan pop up, SKP does seem to use fictional characters to help move her stories along, so I wasn't too surprised.

Date Posted: 10/20/2011 2:31 PM ET
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I am thoroughly ashamed to admit that Morgan went right over my head until the very end. I completely missed it.