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

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

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by Elizabeth Chadwick
     
 

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Royal protector. Loyal servant. Forgotten hero.

Elizabeth Chadwick lives near Nottingham with her husband and two sons. She is the author of 17 historical novels, including Lords of the White Castle, Shadows and Strongholds, A Place Beyond Courage, The Scarlet Lion, The Winter Mantle, and The Falcons

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Royal protector. Loyal servant. Forgotten hero.

Elizabeth Chadwick lives near Nottingham with her husband and two sons. She is the author of 17 historical novels, including Lords of the White Castle, Shadows and Strongholds, A Place Beyond Courage, The Scarlet Lion, The Winter Mantle, and The Falcons of Montebard, four of which have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Awards.

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Publishers Weekly
William Marshal, the younger son of a wealthy family, shows early prowess with a sword and uncommon chivalry, which he puts to good use saving the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Afterward, she makes him arms tutor to her sons, the young princes. Marshal pledges his service to heir Henry and stays with the prince, out of loyalty to Eleanor, throughout Henry's turbulent manhood and rebellion against his father. When Henry dies, Marshal swears loyalty to Henry's brother Richard, putting him at odds with his own brother, who is loyal to Prince John. When Richard leaves on crusade and John conspires to take the crown, Marshal must decide between family and honor. A true historical hero, if little known, William Marshal served under some of England's most famous kings and proved himself again and again throughout the troubled 12th century; Chadwick's novel immerses readers in Marshal's life and times, which should prove intriguing to any fan of historical fiction. The royals, and especially Eleanor, are particularly fascinating characters whom Chadwick employs to great effect. (Sept.)
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"The Greatest Knight is a must-read for any lover of history and/or the medieval period. Ms. Chadwick's account drags you right in and sets you down on the dusty, dirt roads alongside her hero and his entourage." - The Long and Short of It Reviews

"THE GREATEST KNIGHT was amazing... This book seemed to have a little bit of everything -- suspense, deceit, love, wars, scandals." - Booking Mama

" I want to hand it to Elizabeth Chadwick... I found The Greatest Knight a rewarding read" - All About Romance

"This is an impeccably written historical fiction novel. The amount of research Chadwick must have put into it is incredible. " - S. Krishna's Books

"[V]ivid and interesting... " - Historical Tapestry

"The author clearly knows her subject matter and stayed true to it. Her skilled use of historical detail helped bring the world alive in my imagination without slowing the pace." - Genre Reviews

"The Greatest Knight is absolutely packed with the senses. Chadwick also is skilled at writing just the perfect amount of description and interspersing it with dialogue" - Bookfoolery and Babble

"What makes The Greatest Knight exceptional is the consistently pitch-perfect way in which its medieval characters think, feel and behave." - HistoricalNovels.info

"I really enjoyed reading the story of a man who tends to be a secondary character but absolutely deserves to have his story told... Everyone who has raved about Elizabeth Chadwick as an author of historical novels is right. " - Devourer of Books

"The Greatest Knight provides the kind of "real life" storytelling of times past for which all historical novels should strive. " - ForeWord

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402228643
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
51,897
File size:
2 MB

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