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D and held to ransom by Duke Leopold of Austria after the Third Crusade It interweaves historical. 25 starsSome years ago I read and enjoyed Gore Vidal s Julian which tells the story of the young pagan who becomes Emperor in a post Constantine Christian world Since then I ve been keen to try of his historical fiction and this book was the first to come into my hands I had high hopes for it as I ve always been fascinated by Richard the Lionheart probably due to my childhood fondness for Robin Hood stories Richard s own record as an indifferent King of England certainly doesn t do him any favours Vidal focuses on a particular episode from Richard s life the King s famous capture in Austria on his return from the Crusades and the faithful and probably fictional uest of Richard s troubadour Blondel who sets out to find his master s prison armed only with his viol his voice and a good deal of faithFor the rest of the review please see my blog His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch post Constantine Christian world Since then I ve been keen to try of his historical fiction and this book was the first to come into my hands I had high hopes for it as I ve always been fascinated by Richard the Lionheart The Doctors Dating Bargain probably due to my childhood fondness for Robin Hood stories Richard s own record as an indifferent King of England certainly doesn t do him any favours Vidal focuses on a Whispers of Feathers probably fictional uest of Richard s troubadour Blondel who sets out to find his master s Entrepreneurial Vernacular please see my blog

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A Search for the King

Gore Vidal's story of the faithful troubadour Blondel's search for Richard the Lionheart kidnappe. If you know anything about the story of Robin Hood you probably know that it ends with good King Richard returning from the crusades just in time to save England from the clutches of wicked King John What is perhaps less well known is just what kept him away for so long on the way home from Palestine Richard was captured by the Duke of Austria who accused him of murdering a relative and he was kept prisoner for a couple of years until he was eventually ransomed and released Another legend grew up around him at this time that a travelling bard named Blondel travelled Europe looking for the king with the aim of somehow aiding in his release And this is the story of A Search for the King an early novel by Gore Vidal Early means different things to different writers of course published in 1950 this was Vidal s fifth novel one of many in a publishing career which looks now seems incomparably long and varied Prior to this I had never actually read any of his books and this one seems like an odd place to start though it s not without charm it isn t an exceptional book either and had it been written by anyone else it would probably have uietly disappeared into the silent halls of the great library stacks in the sky But encountered today it has a certain appeal on its own meritsThe prose is for the most part uite plain it s historical fiction written in the flatly modern realistic style of the mid twentieth century literary novel There s no attempt to mimic contemporary dialect or to say much about societal or political s It feels like something that could have been written over the course of a long weekend using only one or two books for reference Most of what is good here would make for nice writing in any novel There s a lot of pleasant descriptions of travel through sparse rural landscapes The world has a strange sort of calm to itBlondel himself is a somewhat vague creation He feels like a fairly typical example of a lost young man who is no longer really young in a novel from fifty years ago He wants to find his way back to Richard almost because there is nothing really else for him to do and aside from that he seems to have barely any reason for existing Mostly he s just mooching along and responding to the things that happen to him along the way There s the inevitable unattractive lady of the castle who wants to sleep with him the boorish knights and handsome young peasants met along the way the werewolves and vampires and unicorns met along the wayOh yes there are supernatural elements involved They re underplayed in a way that sometimes suggests they might only be a tall tale version of a real world occurrence But they also seem to betray an uncertainty about the plot as if the author were never uite sure how to progress to the next seuence without invoking some kind of crazy episodic occurrence None of it has much conseuence Indeed the most memorable passages here are probably the most realistic the recurring sense is of a rather lonely man one who is intelligent and artistic forced to live amongst a high class of brutish philistines for whom he harbours a faint resentment And while I don t know much about the author himself I couldn t help but wonder if he put some of his own sense of youthful restlessness into this character The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) probably know that it ends with good King Richard returning from the crusades just in time to save England from the clutches of wicked King John What is Teddy perhaps less well known is just what kept him away for so long on the way home from Palestine Richard was captured by the Duke of Austria who accused him of murdering a relative and he was kept Calling Me Home prisoner for a couple of years until he was eventually ransomed and released Another legend grew up around him at this time that a travelling bard named Blondel travelled Europe looking for the king with the aim of somehow aiding in his release And this is the story of A Search for 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Characters with giants dragons werewolves libidinous ladies of the manor and a very nasty vampir. a retelling of the Legend of King Richard the Lion Hearted with werewolves dragons Vampires giants and a unicorn all thrown in the mix


10 thoughts on “A Search for the King

  1. says:

    If you know anything about the story of Robin Hood you probably know that it ends with good King Richard returning from the crusades just in time to save England from the clutches of wicked King John What is perhaps less well known is just what kept him away for so long on the way home from Palestine Richard was captured by the Duke of Aust

  2. says:

    I can imagine Vidal suffering the New York Times anathema wondering if maybe he should turn to genre fiction A Search for the King is an early attempt at the historical fiction with which Vidal developed such stunning expertise and I found the references to dragons unicorns and Robin Hood oddly acceptable

  3. says:

    I have read several novels by Gore Vidal and found them all to be enjoyable especially those in the series that deals with the history of the USA “A Search for the King” began promisingly but began to drag onThe story deals with the kidnapping of Richard the Lion Heart on his return from the Third Crusade and in particular the search for him that his troubadour Blondel made subseuently We follow Blondel across a win

  4. says:

    25 starsSome years ago I read and enjoyed Gore Vidal’s Julian which tells the story of the young pagan who becomes Emperor in a post Constantine Christian world Since then I’ve been keen to try of his historical fiction and this book was the first to come into my hands I had high hopes for it as I’ve always been fascinated by Richard the Lionheart – probably due to my childhood fondness for Robin Hood stories Richard’

  5. says:

    There was the kernel of a good story here but I'm not sure what happened it didn't really amount to much overall I found the English strangely pedestrian the plot repetitive There were a couple of interesting mome

  6. says:

    I can only give Vidal 5 stars For the reviewers who lament that this story does not keep up with Creation know that Creation was published in 1981 this in 1950 when Vidal as only 25 Creation is Vidal's personal favorite this merely the retelling of a story he was fond of as a boy Indeed as several reviewers have noticed Vidal seems to be trying too hard at times to write poetically profound and prophetic That was Gore Vidal right

  7. says:

    Complete fantasyfairytale A confusing but fun mix of fantastical elements like giants vampires witches and werewolves thrown in with poetry and philosophy Not a historical novel by any means except that King Richard was a re

  8. says:

    I really liked this book I never read anything by Gore Vidal before but his writing style is very smooth and the story made me laugh various times It is pretty light reading and perhaps not a great literary event but it helped that I liked the historical setting

  9. says:

    a retelling of the Legend of King Richard the Lion Hearted; with werewolves dragons Vampires giants and a unicorn all thrown in the mix

  10. says:

    35 stars I wasn't sure what to expect from this book a slim little novel from literary great Gore Vidal that promised an old fashioned adventure from a time of knights and dragons In general the real literary writers tend to leave me cold but I figured you can't go too far wrong with knights a prisoner king and adventure For the mos