A good little story! I liked the heroine, Alinor. The author did a creditable job of depicting her youth and lack of experience with romance. Alinor is a departure from the norm of the times. She reads, runs her own estates, and lives a most independent life. Her story interlinks with that of the queen, Alinor, and the king. Her beloved is a knight who serves both. From England to the Holy Land and back the story is told from a third person perspective.
first read this book when it was released in the '70s, and my 30-year-old copy of the book is in tatters from numerous re-reads. Ms. Gellis is a consummate storyteller -- medieval English history of the 1200s come alive under her spell. Gellis is the only reason I remember as much English history as I do! "Roselynde" introduces us to Alinor, who has recently inherited a very large estate on the coast of England called Roselynde. Because she is a very young heiress, she is brought to court by Queen Alinor (or Eleanor of Aquitaine, as many of us remember her) to protect her from fortune hunters and opportunists. At court, she enters into a world of political intrigue leading up to the Third Crusade, and finds herself falling in love with a most unlikely man: her guardian, or warden, Simon. She must adroitly manage the wishes of kings, queens and politics in order to manage her own heart's desire.
Classic medieval romance.
Set in medieval England a story of power, passion and seduction.