Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Greatest Knight
by Elizabeth Chadwick
Rating:  5/5


Pages: 552
Publisher: Sphere publishing
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7515-3660-7

Summary (via Goodreads)

A medieval historical novel about William Marshal, probably the greatest knight of the Middle Ages. This is the story of how he rose through the dangerous world of Angevin politics to become one of the most powerful magnates of the realm and eventually regent of England


Based on the life of William Marshal The Greatest Knight follows his life from a humble, ignored forth son of a low knight to one of the most powerful men in the kingdom.  

I found this book to be exciting, thrilling and sexy in its portrayals of Court life in the time when Richard the Lionheart was only a boy himself. As you read through the battles, marriages and betrayals you get a clear indicator of who Marshal was and how his influence shaped England a the time.

For me what stands out the most about this book is the portrayal of Normandy-ruled England and the way that Chadwick portrays this so perfectly right down to the buckles worn on the belts.

Eleanor of Aquitaine is a background character in this book but despite this, Chadwick gives her justice, portraying her in a way that shows her to be strong and intelligent in an era where women were meant to be part of the backdrop.

I recommend this book to any lover of history and romance as you will find both in this amazing book.

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