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  • Title: The Serpent's Crown: A Novel of Medieval Cyprus
  • Author: Hana Samek Norton
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  • Page: 448
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  • Her years as a novice hardly prepared the plain and pious Juliana de Charnais to become the wife of Gu rin de Lasalle, the Lord of Parthenay A former mercenary with a formidable pedigree, Lasalle is a man singularly averse to conventions secular and spiritual When a messenger arrives from the Holy Land and entices Lasalle back into a life he had abandoned, Juliana embarkHer years as a novice hardly prepared the plain and pious Juliana de Charnais to become the wife of Gu rin de Lasalle, the Lord of Parthenay A former mercenary with a formidable pedigree, Lasalle is a man singularly averse to conventions secular and spiritual When a messenger arrives from the Holy Land and entices Lasalle back into a life he had abandoned, Juliana embarks on a perilous journey only to find herself trapped in intrigues as byzantine as they are deadly between the Lusignans, a family rud to be descended from the half serpent Lady M lusine, and their rivals, the Ibel ns On Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite, Juliana and Lasalle find that loyalty, like love, comes in many guises, and that duty and honor require of them a terrible sacrifice Set in 13th century France and Cyprus, The Serpent s Crown continues the story that began in The Sixth Surrender.
    The Serpent s Crown A Novel of Medieval Cyprus Her years as a novice hardly prepared the plain and pious Juliana de Charnais to become the wife of Gu rin de Lasalle the Lord of Parthenay A former mercenary with a formidable pedigree Lasalle is a

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    1. Readers eager for a sweeping historical novel with the flavor and complexity of a Dorothy Dunnett tale need look no further than THE SERPENT S CROWN by Hana Samek Norton Recently released by Cuidono, an independent press dedicated to publishing quality historical fiction, THE SERPENT S CROWN continues the adventures of Juliana de Charnais and Gu rin de LaSalle, scion of a minor branch of the powerful Lusignan family descended from the mythical enchantress M lusine The action of the novel moves f [...]

    2. Not so much a romance, although there is some, as political intrigue and murder in the Latin kingdom of Cyprus So so except for some of the local color and interest in solving the murders and discovering who is behind the intrigue and why.

    3. Hanna Samek Norton begins her epic and engrossing novel of historical fiction, The Serpent s Crown A Novel of Medieval Cyprus, with this quotation It sometimes happens that exploits, however, known and splendidly achieved, come, by length of time, to be less known to fame, or even forgotten among posterity Itinerarum Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi How fortunate for readers, then, that the author brings to life a captivating chapter of history that occurred in Cyprus and Jerusalem in the ear [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this sequel to Sixth Surrender I actually couldn t find it at any library in the area or any used book stores so I caved and bought it on and I am sooo glad I did I actually screamed out loud at the epilogue Cannot wait for the next book Hama Samek Norton has turned into one of my favorite authors Much like Sixth Surrender, there are a lot of twists and turns and characters to keep track of aka a lot of flipping back and forth But I love Norton s style of writing and how in dept [...]

    5. The history of medieval Cyrus is both fascinating and complex, and Hana Norton has clearly done considerable research into the often arcane and confusing relationships between the key players Lusignans, Ibelins, Montbeliards etc She is evidently also familiar with Cyprus itself, its geography, climate and customs Yet the strongest feature of this book is the heroine Juliana is engaging, realistic, and not the least bit anachronistic, as unfortunately are many heroines of novels set in the Middle [...]

    6. I received a free copy through I have not read Book 1, but I feel you don t really need to, although it might help to get to know the main characters a bit better.For a good portion of the book, I would say until Juliana went to Cyprus and was forced to remain, that I got to like her a little Honestly, she irritated me quite a bit at first because she was torn between her former religious life and giving in to the temptations of marriage Like come on If this is book 2, you have a child with you [...]

    7. In the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade, the grip of European knights on the Holy Land has begun to loosen The Muslim forces under Saladin have won a major victory, and the crusaders have so far forgotten themselves as to besiege, then sack, the imperial Christian city of Constantinople their nominal allies In the confusion thus created, two warring clans the Lusignans and the Ibelins at times cooperate but often compete for supremacy, spurred on by the marital and political maneuvering of Maria [...]

    8. This is the long awaited sequel to The Sixth Surrender Combining medieval intrigue, fascinating places, memorable characters, and the complicated question of what makes a marriage Juliana and Lasalle remain true to themselves while coming to terms with each other The author is totally comfortable in the rich details of her settings both France and the island of Cyprus unlike some books, they come to life without feeling like research.

    9. Another amazing work of fiction by Hana Samek Norton This story continues from The Sixth Surrender, using some of the main characters, but moves them to a different geographic location and, thus, different historical aspects There are enough threads left hanging from this work and the Sixth Surrender to make me anxious for the next in the series

    10. Juliana de Charnais grows up Yea But the political intrigue of France, England and Cyprus comes t a boil A very fun read

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