The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion (Google eBook)

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Sep 1, 2009 - Fiction - 560 pages
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Royal protector. Loyal servant. Forgotten hero.

A penniless young knight with few prospects, William Marshal is plucked from obscurity when he saves the life of Henry II's formidable queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In gratitude, she appoints him tutor to the heir to the throne, the volatile and fickle Prince Henry. But being a royal favorite brings its share of danger and jealousy as well as fame and reward.

A writer of uncommon historical integrity and accuracy, Elizabeth Chadwick resurrects the true story of one of England's greatest forgotten heroes in a captivating blend of fact and fiction. The Greatest Knight restores William Marshal to his rightful place at the pinnacle of the Middle Ages, reflecting through him the triumphs, scandals, and power struggles that haven't changed in eight hundred years.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ELIZABETH CHADWICK AND THE GREATEST KNIGHT:

The Greatness of William Marshal: The descendants of the Greatest Knight himself include George Washington and Winston Churchill, as well as the Stuart kings of England and Scotland. He was partly responsible for the Magna Carta. He vowed his body to the Templars and is buried in Temple Church in London.

The Appeal of the Time Period: There are very few novels about Marshal, and no one has covered him as in depth as Elizabeth Chadwick has. In addition, unlike the Tudor era, there are not extensive amounts of historical fiction set in the 13th century.

The Integrity of the Research: Elizabeth Chadwick's research is impeccable. She not only visited many locations, but she re-enacted with a living history society where a quarter of the membership are either historians or archaeologists, and she collected and used replica artifacts from the period and engaged in experimental archaeology. She has taken courses in various medieval studies to facilitate her knowledge.

The Breadth of the Audience: Readers who are fans of Sharon Kay Penman, Anya Seton, Diana Gabaldon, Phillipa Gregory, and Jean Plaidy will like Elizabeth Chadwick. She appeals to readers who are looking for historical accuracy and strong, believable characters, readers who want to feel that they are being immersed in the period with well-rounded characters.

PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH CHADWICK:

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. —Publishers Weekly

"The best writer of medieval fiction currently around." — Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society

"The reader is well aware on every page that this is life as it was lived eight hundred years ago, yet the characters are a fresh and natural as if they were living in the present time..." —The Historical Novels Review

"There's no better writer of medieval fiction than the marvelous Elizabeth Chadwick." —Lancashire Evening Post

"Elizabeth Chadwick is a gifted novelist and a dedicated researcher; it doesn't get any better than that."— Sharon Kay Penman, bestselling author of Devil's Brood

  

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Probably Chadwick's best prose. - Goodreads
I love her characterizations - Goodreads
Solid research and a crisp style bring history to life. - Goodreads
This was a Free Friday selection at Barnes and Noble. - Goodreads
I love this depiction of the era. - Goodreads
Admired the plotting and characterisation. - Goodreads

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Review: The Greatest Knight (William Marshal #2)

User Review  - Debbie Knectel - Goodreads

I loved this book, and the characters. What a great blend of fact and fiction! Read full review

Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
17
Chapter Three
31
Chapter Four
37
Chapter Five
59
Chapter Six
77
Chapter Seven
89
Chapter Eight
103
Chapter Twentythree
291
Chapter Twentyfour
299
Chapter Twentyfive
309
Chapter Twentysix
315
Chapter Twentyseven
325
Chapter Twentyeight
335
Chapter Twentynine
345
Chapter Thirty
359

Chapter Nine
113
Chapter Ten
123
Chapter Eleven
135
Chapter Twelve
157
Chapter Thirteen
175
Chapter Fourteen
193
Chapter Fifteen
205
Chapter Sixteen
215
Chapter Seventeen
221
Chapter Eighteen
227
Chapter Nineteen
239
Chapter Twenty
251
Chapter Twentyone
265
Chapter Twentytwo
287
Chapter Thirtyone
375
Chapter Thirtytwo
381
Chapter Thirtythree
405
Chapter Thirtyfour
425
Chapter Thirtyfive
439
Chapter Thirtysix
447
Chapter Thirtyseven
457
Chapter Thirtyeight
469
Chapter Thirtynine
477
Chapter Forty
483
Chapter Fortyone
493
Chapter Fortytwo
503
Chapter Fortythree
513
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About the author (2009)

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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