A Seal of the Knights
Templar, with their famous
image of two knights on a single horse, a symbol of their early
poverty. The order was active from 1119 to 1314.
An example of the
Trobaritz (women troubadors), portrait of Comtessa de Dia
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Knight, Forbidden Bride
exotic, action-packed with moments of descriptive brilliance!
a Knight Templar, Reynaud has sworn a vow of chastity. He is devoted
to God and yet, battle weary from the Crusades, he has seen enough of a
senseless war that appears to be more a land grab pitting Christian
against Christian. Now back in the Emir of Granada, he catches Leonor
out at night. Clearly, she does not know her place as a woman! When he
promises her father to protect her, Reynaud is torn between his
attraction to her and his secret mission as a Templar, either one could
throw him in peril of his life. Reynaud and Leonore have plans they do
not share with the other --- but in one moment, she says words that
will turn their lives upside down, increasing the danger several fold.
Can these two escape with their lives and find love?
Leonor is an intelligent romance heroine, a woman not afraid to
take matters into her own hands in a culture that places restrictions
on women. When challenged by a man as conservative as Reynaud, she does
not cower but rather sees to the integrity of her business. Reynaud is
a Knight Templar, sworn to absolute values whether it be his Templar
vows or his view of women's place in the world. At heart, however, he
has seen enough warfare, greed and corruption to question the
absolutes. Leonor has a few surprises that might complicate his secret
mission and open his heart. Lynna Banning creates several nice twists
in this medieval romance as Reynaud's vow to protect her collides with
his Templar mission.
Lynna Banning gives readers a look into the Arabic culture during
the Middle Ages from the view of a half-Arabic crusader, adding a more
exotic yet moving portrait of the medieval world with its Moors and the
Saracens and the different cultures. I have read countless saints'
lives that are vehemently anti-Saracen but really give no feel for the
Saracens themselves, so for me, I very much appreciated a modern author
giving new insights through the inner conflicts of her characters.
Within TEMPLAR KNIGHT, FORBIDDEN
BRIDE, Lynna Banning descriptions and
plot set a geography that readers can easily visualize alongside the
influences between Spain and France on the landscapes during the
characters' journey. TEMPLAR KNIGHT,
FORBIDDEN BRIDE creates an
atmosphere of of intrigue as spies and codes enter the picture. The
action packed plot of TEMPLAR
KNIGHT, FORBIDDEN BRIDE creates a fast
read with more action than many medieval romances adding an exciting
variety within the genre. Lynna Banning's TEMPLAR KNIGHT, FORBIDDEN
BRIDE combines thrilling emotional drama with moments of
descriptive detail. A highly recommended medieval romance read!
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A hardened, battle-weary warrior, Reynaud
has forgotten what it is to
be in the company of a beautiful woman, to delight in her comfort and
return to Granada, he is drawn to Leonor and
senses that she could heal his hidden scars. She is set upon a
dangerous path, a path that they travel together, becoming closer every
day—every night. But such forbidden passion may be their undoing….