Lion of Karpas is a treepart trilogy, by historian Helena Schrader, set in the Kingdom of Cyprus in the early 13th Century.
At the age of 45, the Cypriot baron Balduin d'Ibelin is one of the wealthiest and most powerful lords in Outremer. Even in a brutal age, Balduin has earned a reputation of ruthlessness.
Fifteen-year-old Yvonne de Hebron is the daughter of a nobleman who has thrice lost his wealth and status to political turmoil in the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Balduin glimpses in Yvonne a dream of what he might have been, and is determined to marry her. Yvonne sees in Balduin a chance to restore her father to a position of respect and avoid impoverishment. With Yvonne's consent, Hugh de Hebron gives his daughter to Karpas - despite knowing that Balduin is "notoriously callous and brutal."
The novel, in three parts, follows the mismatched couple as Balduin fights on the one hand to defend the independence of the Cypriot barons against Imperial tyranny, and on the other to win the respect and love of his bride.
Titles of the three part trilogy: The Lion Ensnared, The Lion at Bay, and The Lion Triumphant
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