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Publisher's Summary

From humble beginnings and a narrow escape from death in childhood, William Marshall steadily rises through the ranks to become tutor in arms to the son of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Based on fact, this is the story of William Marshal, the greatest knight of the Middle Ages, unsurpassed in the tourneys, adeptly manoeuvring through the colourful, dangerous world of power and politics to become one of the most powerful magnates of the realm and eventually Regent of England.
©2006 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2006 Soundings
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"Elizabeth Chadwock knows exactly how to write convincing compelling history." ( Marina Oliver)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 12-27-10

Could have been Greater.

After finnishing Pillars of the Earth and World With Out End (both excellent), I was calmouring for a new mideval book. Someone had told me this was a good book. I agree the story line is a good one, but it could have been better. When the story really gets going, it stops and bam you are 3 months to 3 years later and the charachters are passively takling about what had happend. I wish the author had actually writen those scenes, she could have been so much more discriptive. The book felt rushed and slow at the same time. I guess the other two books I just finnished have spoiled me. That author throughly described and developed his characters. You get to know them, and can easily envision the scene. I hope her other books are better.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By JoR on 10-14-10

Interesting and enjoyable

I purchased this book on a chance. I'd never heard of the author and her books are described as "bodice rippers." I'm not the bodice-ripper type. However, I am very interested in 12th century European history, and anyone who knows about the period has heard of William Marshal. So, wanting a good medieval tale, I tried The Greatest Knight. I thought it was a good book. I really liked the author's character development, and the dialogue is well-written and fun. But she missed a lot of opportunities to describe action. Oh, there were a few skirmishes that she told about, though she skipped over the majority of so many battles and tourneys that it left me shaking my fist for more. I wish she had done more. Despite this, I still really liked the book. I'd have given it four stars if there had been more action.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By JW on 08-04-11

Brilliant

What an excellent listen. So good that I couldn't stop listening !! I love British medieval history and this book really does bring the period to life. The author has linked the facts and the fiction to produce not only a good book but a credible account of the period. Thoroughly enjoyable and very highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 01-06-14

You feel you're there. Part of the tale unfolding

What did you like most about The Greatest Knight?

How William was able to get through what seems to be unsurmountable problems in his life and just battles on.It made it all the better because William Marshal was the greatest knight and much is known about him. The story has been weaved cleverly through the history that is known to make the reader feel they are part of some of the most turbulent times in our history.

What did you like best about this story?

How the Greatest Knight develops as a person and how he balances work and personal life.

What does Christopher Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The length of pauses in the right places. It gives the characters more depth. Helps the listener wait anxiously for more. Yet he paces the book so well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

To give you some idea of my feelings for this first of the William Marshal books. I've downloaded the next one and the others are in my wish list.Elizabeth Chadwick is a great novelist who couldn't have done better than choose Christopher Scott to narrate them.Thank you all.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenn Honor on 11-23-17

The Greatest Knight

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful story!!!! I loved the development of such rich characterisation, the threading together of events , the history, the wonderful imagery - can not recommend this book more. It’s just wonderful!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adrienne Harris on 11-20-17

Captivating story; honour, love,strength & courage

Extremely well written and historically very interesting. The storyline is captivating from the start and well narrated. I love the fact that is links to other books.

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