The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones

The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones

by Thomas Asbridge

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ISBN-13: 9780062262066
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 104,105
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Thomas Asbridge is Reader in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London, and the author of 'The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones' (2014), 'The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land' (2010) and 'The First Crusade: A New History' (2004). He studied for a BA in Ancient and Medieval History at Cardiff University, and then gained his PhD in Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Thomas wrote and presented a BBC documentary, 'The Greatest Knight: William Marshal', and a landmark three-part documentary series 'The Crusades' for the BBC, filmed on location across the Near East and Europe. He has also appeared in many other internationally broadcast television documentaries and radio programs, and has worked as a historical consultant for HBO and Company Pictures. He now lives in southern England.

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The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power behind Five English Thrones 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
couldn't put it down.
AthenasKat 6 months ago
One of the best history books that I have ever read! I don't want to give away any of the story, as it is a book worth reading not only by connoisseurs of English history, medievalist's and the like, but also by those who enjoy a good action-packed adventure. It is always a pleasure to read something which gives off the idea that the author was not only interested in his subject but also had a great time working on his book. The historical material on which this book is based was a brilliant find! Starting with the preface which deals with the discovery of the original manuscript of William Marshall's life one is already aware that this is not a purely scholarly work meant for the chosen few of the world's great scholastic institutions. Mr. Asbridge has a very easy and engaging style which lends itself beautifully to telling the life story of a man who seemed to be a no-nonsense kind of man. The material provided is a fantastically engaging overview of the world inhabited by William Marshall and the five kings he served. Apart from the historical detail and explanation of the complicated royal politics there was moments of great levity, as well as soul-searching drama. All in all a great read!
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