Banners of Gold (Alix of Wanthwaite, #2)

ISBN: 0609809474
ISBN 13: 9780609809471
By: Pamela Kaufman

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This novel chronicles the period starting with Richard the Lion Heart's return from the Crusades through his death. The author develops the characters of Richard, Eleanor of Aquitaine (his Mother), Prince John (his brother) and the fictitious Lady Alix of Wanthwaite who is portrayed as Richard's lover.


I love historical novels. This one is set during King Richards reign in the middle ages and the heroine is a young woman named Alix. It tells the tale of her trials and tribulations in a time when women were treated as not much more than chattel. The book is well written and captures your attention through all three of the trilogy.

Alison Miller-astor

Even being a fast reader, I whipped thru this book in no time for one reason -- I could not put it down. Having just enjoyed the preceding book, Shield of Three Lions, I was still surprised by how good this sequel was. As with all novels that walk the corridors of palatial power, you have to suspend some inner questioning and just "believe", but once again knowing so little of King Richard and his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, I found it remarkably easy to accept it all on face value. Not only was this continuing tale of Alix of Wanthwaite captivating in its own right, but also a strong theme on the prevailing attitudes towards and interactions with medieval Jews was both fascinating and illuminating. For fans of historical fiction, this is highly recommended!


Fun romp through medieval U.K. I wasn't entirely sold on Alix's sudden reversal on King Richard, but otherwise enjoyed the characters. I'll probably pick up Book III - have to now with that cliffhanger. I didn't read the first novel in the trilogy but the background was explained well in this, but maybe doing so would help me figure out the Alix/Enoch relationship.

Marilou Johnson

I love historical fiction and this series of books by Pamela Kaufman are the reason that I do.


If the King had a mistress... an inside look at the rules of the royal family. Does love matter?

Chelsea Mannie

highly recommend this series!


I found this book at a garage sale and thought, "It's about King Richard, how could I go wrong?" Then I read many favorable reviews and felt that I had made a good find. I can only explain the difference between my own feelings and these encouraging reviews by saying that if these ladies liked the first novel in this trilogy it explains why they carried on and enjoyed this one. I did not read the first novel, which I do not believe took away anything from this one as the past between Alix and Richard is explained several times. Richard is really the only thing to like about this book with the possible exception of Bonel when he makes his appearances. Even Eleanor of Aquitaine, who is one of my favorite historical characters, is not likeable in this novel. What did I not like? It all started with the name "Alix" for our heroine - not very 13th century. It continued with her "fantastick cells" and "burning bedstraw." I just didn't like anything about this character. She goes through half of the book seeming to really dislike Richard, and I'm at a loss to explain why he seems to love her. Yet after a distasteful conversation with Tib about how all men supposedly have sex with other men, she decides she is madly in love with Richard. OK, I really don't follow that line of reasoning. Then we have lots of "love" between them and the story follows Alix whenever Richard leaves to do something historical and interesting. The ending with Richard's death was poignant and sad, due mostly to historical facts rather than the author's telling of it, but that's about as encouraging as I can be about this one. I advise you to skip this novel and pick up one by Sharon Kay Penman instead.

Jordan Mierek

Interesting trip through history.

Rowan Winter

the sequel to The Shield of Three Lions - nowhere near as good as the original, with an unsatisfactory ending. Crying out for a third part of the trilogy, but never written alas.


Sequel to "Shield of Three Lions." Very good too.


This is a follow up to Shields of Three Lions which was a very fun read. Alix is an interesting character and this book features Richard the 3rd. Yes I would like to read some of the books in my To Read but this my sister passed on to me and it is free and fun. I passed on the Sheild of Three Lions so we are even. I think.

Christina Dudley

Years ago I read this eagerly-awaited sequel and remember not liking it. Well, heck, after a friend friend this and SHIELD OF THREE LIONS in a short space of time and heartily recommended it, I gave it another try. So glad I did. Rollicking and racy. Not hilarious like SHIELD, but very enjoyable all the same.


Years after putting down the book I wondered what happened to Alix of Wanthwaite.

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