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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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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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By Steven on 03-04-12

Good but heavy on the familial and court gossip

I really like some of Elizabeth Chadwick's novels. This book while I did enjoy it, I didn't love it and found it tedious at times. I will admit that William Marshall is a lofty subject to cover so I can forgive the dates skipping around alot. I felt that the book was about 80% about Marshall's familial life at home with his wife\concubine and english court politics and only about 20% about his Tourney and Military career. You hear alot about how GREAT a militarist and tourney'er he was but vary rarely ever actually see it. There are few battle scenes and few tourney scenes which I found odd based on his reputation. I also found it a bit hard to really get to know Marshall other than he was a man of honor and integrity, his character came off a bit flat for me.

The book constantly made me feel a bit let down because it would build up to a castle siege scene and then you turn the page expecting some interesting siege warfare and what you get is him returing to his wife and describing the siege after the fact in a few sentences. I felt cheated ALOT!

I will probably read the next book just to finish out the story but this book was average in my opinion.

-Good historical research
-Interesting subject
-Good details that draw you into the 12th century life

-WAY TOO much time covering his home life, romance and family
-WAY too much time spent with discussions related to the English court (Which I already knew alot about)
-NOT nearly enough that shows us why he was so good at Tourneying or Military skills

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By JW on 08-04-11


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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By Amazon Customer on 01-12-11


One of the best books I've ever read about medieval life, if I ever thought it was boring and staid then I have been sorely misinformed. I would recommend it to anyone.


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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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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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