May 27, 2016 by kitmoss
THE LION AND THE CROW
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2 edition (January 19, 2015)
In medieval England, duty is everything, personal honor is more valued than life itself, and homosexuality is not tolerated by the church or society.
Sir Christian Brandon was raised in a household where he was hated for his unusual beauty and for his parentage. Being smaller than his six brutish half-brothers, he learned to survive by using his wits and his gift for strategy, earning him the nickname the Crow.
Sir William Corbett, a large and fierce warrior known as the Lion, has pushed his unnatural desires down all his life. He’s determined to live up to his own ideal of a gallant knight. When he takes up a quest to rescue his sister from her abusive lord of a husband, he’s forced to enlist the help of Sir Christian. It’s a partnership that will test every strand of his moral fiber, and, eventually, his understanding of the meaning of duty, honor, and love.
REVIEW by Christopher Hawthorne Moss
As big a fan of medieval stories as I am, I was wondering how close to realistic the portrayals of the society and its antagonism to homosexuality would be. I would have to give this book a C+, but then I am biased. The fact is that the law did not arrest men for homosexuality but turned the man over to the church to be shown how to improve their ways. Since in this book the church and society are a bit vague it is hard to say whether the book is realistic. My guess is that men found ways to be together out of sight, but whether Christian and William would do this is your guess. I just find the Middle Ages just too cookie-cutter in most cases.
At any rate the point of this story is Christian’s cleverness in figuring out ways to free William’s sister, and that goes wonderfully, and the friendship and gratitude of William for Christian is endearing.
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