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Leslie Barringer

(1895-1968)
Leslie Barringer was born in Yorkshire England and was a Quaker. He was wounded while serving in World War I. After returning to England, he held several jobs, including working as a civil servant at the Central Office of Information, as an editor for Thomas Nelson & Sons, and as an editor for the BBC and the Amalgamated Press. While he worked at Amalgamated Press, he wrote outlines of world history for their Children’s Encyclopedia. Leslie Barringer and his wife had four daughters. Besides The Neustrian Cycle, he also wrote historical fiction.

Gerfalcon: Great read for a mature teenager

Gerfalcon by Leslie Barringer

Raoul will one day be baron of peaceful marshy Marckmont, but until his eighteenth birthday, he’s under the protection of his Uncle Armand, Count of the bleak and windy crags of Ger. Armand has no love for the slight and introspective Raoul, and can’t understand why his nephew would rather play chess and write songs than hunt animals. Raoul, a romantic, likes to think about beautiful things, but at Ger, “you must be smothered in blood before they think you are a man.”

When Raoul is told he can’t go with Armand’s company to the tourney in Belsaunt, he sneaks away and visits the tourney anyway. There he sees, and instantly falls in love with, the beautiful lady Yseult de Olencourt. He is flogged when he returns to Ger, so he runs away and seeks a position in a noble house until he is old enough to claim his quiet and solitary barony.

After leaving Ger, Raoul meets the folk of ... Read More