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Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

The Greatest Knight

This is an extremely well written book by an amazing author. It fills us in on the first 40~ years of Williams life. The second half, and a stand alone novel in its own, is the Scarlet lion.
It may have some small historic inaccuracies as previously notes, but it is a...
This is an extremely well written book by an amazing author. It fills us in on the first 40~ years of Williams life. The second half, and a stand alone novel in its own, is the Scarlet lion.
It may have some small historic inaccuracies as previously notes, but it is an absolute page turner, no effort required!

posted by Ayriana on August 8, 2011

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81 out of 107 people found this review helpful.

Fairy tales aren't history

If you like fairy tales this is the book for you. If you are looking for good historical fiction, pass this by. Ms. Chadwick, I realize is writing fiction, but she has failed to research her facts about the man, and the times. For instance, William's father's name wa...
If you like fairy tales this is the book for you. If you are looking for good historical fiction, pass this by. Ms. Chadwick, I realize is writing fiction, but she has failed to research her facts about the man, and the times. For instance, William's father's name was not Marshal. Marshal was a title, his father's name was John Fitz Gilbert. The name Marshal was not granted to William as a sir name until later in his life and was never given to his father.

Ms. Chadwwick tells of Elanor of Aquitain riding side saddle. The side saddle was not invented until several centuries later. Perhaps that is a minor issue, however, I believe if you are writing historical fiction, you should be sure of your history.

posted by RebeccaWrede on September 7, 2010

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    Fairy tales aren't history

    If you like fairy tales this is the book for you. If you are looking for good historical fiction, pass this by. Ms. Chadwick, I realize is writing fiction, but she has failed to research her facts about the man, and the times. For instance, William's father's name was not Marshal. Marshal was a title, his father's name was John Fitz Gilbert. The name Marshal was not granted to William as a sir name until later in his life and was never given to his father.

    Ms. Chadwwick tells of Elanor of Aquitain riding side saddle. The side saddle was not invented until several centuries later. Perhaps that is a minor issue, however, I believe if you are writing historical fiction, you should be sure of your history.

    81 out of 107 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Ummmmmm....

    Here'sthe thing, this book is like a history and a fairy tale all squished together. It's long-winded because remember that this is like a biography of this knight dude named William Marshal. It's got a lot of scandal and controversy. It pretty much has everything. While it was an okay book, I don't really think it was worth the effort of reading.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Poor Writing

    The one thing that causes me to give up on a book is when the writer insists her hero is beyond perfect (super human) and thus lacks what it is to being human - strength from adversity. The hero in this story is so unbelievable that I was unable to feel any emotional ties to the character with the exception of apathy. If I feel nothing but duped into buying bad fiction, then clearly, it is time to close the book and put it into the Goodwill pile with the hope that someone else will find some glimmer of goodness within it's pages.

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