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The Champion
     

The Champion

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by Elizabeth Chadwick
 

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An award-winning historical novelist delivers an epic tale of medieval plots and royal intrigues, in the story of a skilled young knight, the woman he betrays, and their chance meeting years later.

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An award-winning historical novelist delivers an epic tale of medieval plots and royal intrigues, in the story of a skilled young knight, the woman he betrays, and their chance meeting years later.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A rousing sample of English medieval life, replete with violence, lust, royal schemes and religious scandal, Chadwick's latest (after The Conquest) follows the story of Alexander de Montroi, who abandons the monastery for the tournament circuit, where men battle for sport, property and riches--often to the death. Parallel to Alexander's transformation from abused novice to knight extraordinaire is the story of beautiful, innocent Monday de Cerizay, who becomes a ward of the Montroi brothers. Chadwick ably contrasts the bawdy scene on the tourney route with cloistered castle life, where a shrewd wife scheming to keep her marriage intact can be just as calculating as a lord planning an elaborate battle. The costumes, weapons, foods, royal and common customs--including birth control methods of the period--are well realized in this story, which spans 1193 to 1201. Characters realistically brush up against such notable figures as Richard the Lionhearted, King John and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Although all the elements of a historical romance are observed--myriad obstacles fail to keep the hero and heroine from the obligatory happy ending--this is also an unusually imaginative depiction of the sometimes seamy circumstances behind the conventions of the chivalric romance. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780751511789
Publisher:
Little, Brown & Company
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Pages:
501
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.27(d)

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Reading an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is the next best thing to time travel.

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There are 2 very different authors writing under the name Elizabeth Chadwick. Do not be fooled by the other. This was the 1st book I read by this 'English Author' Elizabeth Chadwick...but not my last. Champion sucked me into the period and never let go. You could walk through the muddy camps and KNOW the feeling of loss and despair when a friend dies. Monday is in love with the dashing Alexander...and one night she gives into the passion (although Alexander is drunk). His reputation as a lover pushes Monday to run away after that night of passion only to discover that she is pregnant. She finds her way to her cold Grandfather and Royal castle life. ....And years later FATE brings Alexander & Monday together again. This time attraction and love come to them with startling clarity. Revenge, Intrigue, and breathtaking passion come alive in this amazing piece of historical fiction. Don't miss any of this author's books...I haven't!