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By Elizabeth Chadwick

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Royal protector. dependable servant. Forgotten hero.

A penniless younger knight with few clients, William Marshal is plucked from obscurity while he saves the lifetime of Henry II's ambitious queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In gratitude, she appoints him show to the inheritor to the throne, the unstable and fickle Prince Henry. yet being a royal favourite brings its percentage of risk and jealousy in addition to repute and reward.

A author of unusual ancient integrity and accuracy, Elizabeth Chadwick resurrects the genuine tale of 1 of England's maximum forgotten heroes in an enthralling mixture of truth and fiction. The maximum Knight restores William Marshal to his rightful position on the top of the center a while, reflecting via him the triumphs, scandals, and gear struggles that have not replaced in 8 hundred years.

WHAT you want to find out about ELIZABETH CHADWICK AND the best KNIGHT:

The Greatness of William Marshal: The descendants of the best Knight himself contain George Washington and Winston Churchill, in addition to the Stuart kings of britain and Scotland. He was once in part accountable for the Magna Carta. He vowed his physique to the Templars and is buried in Temple Church in London.

The charm of the period of time: There are only a few novels approximately Marshal, and not anyone has coated him as extensive as Elizabeth Chadwick has. furthermore, not like the Tudor period, there should not vast quantities of ancient fiction set within the thirteenth century.

The Integrity of the study: Elizabeth Chadwick's learn is impeccable. She not just visited many destinations, yet she re-enacted with a residing heritage society the place 1 / 4 of the club are both historians or archaeologists, and she or he accrued and used copy artifacts from the interval and engaged in experimental archaeology. She has taken classes in quite a few medieval stories to facilitate her knowledge.

The Breadth of the viewers: Readers who're fanatics of Sharon Kay Penman, Anya Seton, Diana Gabaldon, Phillipa Gregory, and Jean Plaidy will like Elizabeth Chadwick. She appeals to readers who're trying to find ancient accuracy and powerful, plausible characters, readers who are looking to suppose that they're being immersed within the interval with well-rounded characters.

PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH CHADWICK:

Chadwick's novel immerses readers in Marshal's existence and instances, which should still turn out fascinating to any fan of historic fiction. The royals, and particularly Eleanor, are quite interesting characters whom Chadwick employs to nice impression. ―Publishers Weekly

"The top author of medieval fiction at present around." ― Richard Lee, founding father of the Historical Novel Society

"The reader is definitely conscious on each web page that this is often lifestyles because it was once lived 8 hundred years in the past, but the characters are a clean and average as though they have been residing within the current time..." ―The ancient Novels evaluation

"There's no larger author of medieval fiction than the terrific Elizabeth Chadwick." ―Lancashire night Post

"Elizabeth Chadwick is a talented novelist and a devoted researcher; it does not get any larger than that."― Sharon Kay Penman, bestselling writer of Devil's Brood

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If you can stomach the advice of your older brother, you’ll go to Uncle Patrick at Salisbury. ” The point was made with little finesse—there was no place for William at John’s hearth—although William had known as much ever since their father’s death. It would not have harmed John to make some provision for him out of their father’s revenues, but he had chosen not to. “That was indeed what I was intending to do,” he said evenly, concealing his hurt. ” his mother wanted to know. He shrugged. “At least I will come to my uncle’s household with horses and armour to my name and some experience of war.

The French knight who had been pressing William hard disengaged and pulled back. ” panted a Tancarville knight. “God’s blood, they’re retreating! Tancarville! ” He spurred his destrier. The realisation that the enemy was drawing off revitalised William’s flagging limbs. His wounded horse was tottering under him but, undaunted, he flung from the saddle and joined the pursuit on foot. The French fled through the burning suburbs of Drincourt, harried by the burghers and inhabitants, fighting rearguard battles with the knights and soldiers of the garrison.

The Chamberlain cleared his throat with unnecessary vigour. ” The question shook William, for he understood what it presaged. Whatever his skill, de Tancarville was not prepared to continue to furnish his helm. The tourney had been a great success, but it was over and now he had a surplus of young knights. William was being as good as told he was too troublesome to keep. “I have been thinking about visiting my family,” he said, swallowing his disappointment. ” De Tancarville showed his discomfort by rubbing his forefinger over the jewelled band on his cap.

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