The Lion and The Falcon

by W. B. Baker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/16/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 524
ISBN : 9781441519856
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 524
ISBN : 9781441519863
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 524
ISBN : 9781465317834

About the Book

Christmas Day.
Abergavenny Castle in Monmouthshire, Wales.

William de Braose, Baron of Abergavenny, invited all Chieftains of the Welsh to feast with him at Christmas.
Normans then locked the castle gates and slaughtered their guests where they stood. Knights thundered out of the castle, crossed the valleys, and murdered defenseless wives and children in their homes.

Word quickly spread of the treachery.

A few blamed the Sheriff of Herefordshire, some the Baron of Abergavenny; and still others, King Henry II of England. It was inevitable that, sooner or later, word would reach their sons and brothers fighting in the Second Crusade. Equally inevitable was the firestorm of retribution that swept down from the mountains to engulf the castle walls.

Abergavenny’s baptism in blood had only just begun. .

Britain’s Newfound Prince Of Exposition

At long last, a novelist has arrived with the wit and aptitude to justly claim the throne of allegory left vacant for so long.

— Windsor, Berkshire, England

Once or twice within one’s lifetime an author comes along who actually manages to unfurl and advance the banner of genuine Literature: to reclaim the soul of Britain in the name of something far grander than simple prose.

— St. Ives, Cambridgeshire

W. B. Baker’s latest novel, The Lion and The Falcon, may quite simply be the finest compilation of poetry and prose that Britain has witnessed in the past half century.

— Kensington Road, London

Not shoddy sentimentality but honest sentiment, this account set during the Second Crusade tells the heroic tale of men and women who may, through the savagery of conflict, abandon religion but never their faith: who might mislay their cause but, by no means, their conscience.

— Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Resplendent evidence that the glory of the British Empire continues to beat within our collective breast: a testament to the unrivalled majesty of the English language the world has, sadly, witnessed all too infrequently of late.

— Covent Garden, Westminster

A Magnificent Re-emergence of English Literature For the 21st Century

W. B. Baker has done more through his writing to promote Wales around the world than anyone in recent memory. Stunning imagery and the ability to convey the warmth of Welsh culture combine with historical accuracy to bring Wales its finest champion since Dylan Thomas.

— BBC Hall of Fame
Southwest Wales

The British People at Their Finest and Most Magnificent

Shamelessly brutal in his examination of the human heart, W. B. Baker presents Britain a stunning masterpiece of fiction. The Ravenous is Baker’s tour de force; the author using his considerable command of the English language to weave a majestic tale of valour and faith.

— Tottenham Court Road
London, England

A disturbing indictment of human frailty ... An even more glorius assertion of man´s innate nobility

Couched inconspicuously within this modern epic of Wales lie affirmations of the true majesty of humankind … Within this moving tale, valiant men and women emerge from the mire of war to exemplify the inextinguishable courage of this nation we call home.

— Pwllypant
Caerphilly, Wal

About the Author

Member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the author has been recognized by the Congress of the United States of America and awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Literature. W. B. Baker has been honoured with inclusion in Gale (Cengage) Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who in The World, The Magistracy Medal of Honour (Order of St George), Top 100 Writers Author Laureate (Cambridge, England), and recognised with a Resolution from the Missouri Senate (United States). Enthusiastic readers in forty-one countries around the world attest to this author’s breath-taking imagery and his ability to convey the uncommon faith and courage of the British nation. “Kudos to the author for clouting our sensibilities – in an unapologetic attempt to awaken England’s devotion to a grand and goodly heritage … and his tireless service to the United Kingdom, its culture and its people.” — Royal Tunbridge Wells