Legend and lore surround the history of kings Richard and John,
from the ballads of Robin Hood and the novels of Sir Walter Scott
to Hollywood movies. Frank McLynn has returned to the original
sources to discover what Richard and John, the warring sons of
Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, were really like, and how their
history measures up to the old legends. "With narrative panache and
anecdotal detail" ("The Independent"), McLynn explores the truth
behind the early folklore tradition, confirming that "Richard was
everything you'd hoped for, and his brother John was the toad you'd
This is history at its best--a story well-told, thoroughly
researched, unexpectedly revealing, and "a rattling good read"
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