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Kidnapped and held to ransom by Duke Leopold of Austria after the Third Crusade, Richard the Lion Heart, it is said, was found by his faithful troubadour Blondel de Neel. But how? And what trials did the faithful and long-suffering lyricist have to overcome to find his king?

Gore Vidal paints a broad, colourful and poignant picture of a man searching for his master; for the symbolic king who is the goal of man’s eternal quest; for the spiritual centre of his life.

Reviews

Here is Mr Vidal at his best. . . As projector of a myth old as the Grail legend, the myth of the questing hero
THE NATION
Mr Vidal's writing is lucid and persuasive, as one might imagine one of Blondel's ballads would be
THE NEW YORKER