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The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Chadwick
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Elizabeth Chadwick is a consummate historical novelist. All the political facts are here: King John and the Magna Carta, the wars with France, battles between English factions and Irish rebels. Where she fills in the gaps, she does so with total authority and plausibility. But what she does so well here is to tell us a moving story of a marriage. William and his beloved Isabelle are not a modern couple in period costume but real people, fully alive within the customs and beliefs of their time. The author's detailed knowledge of the period is so secure it does not detract from the page-turning story. A period of history that was a dull monochrome to me at school burst into colour within its pages and now I fully understand the importance of the Magna Carta, why John was deemed a 'bad (king and how people lived and loved during his reign. Can one ask for more in any historical novel?')

#NAME? ('Chadwick's historical fiction gets better and better. The mediaeval world becomes a vibrant place where historical figures live and breathe the events that shaped the modern world. A perfect addition to the Christmas wish list')

LANCASHIRE EVENING Post ('Chadwick proves again why she is considered the best author of medieval fiction writing today')

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Elizabeth Chadwick is a consummate historical novelist. All the political facts are here: King John and the Magna Carta, the wars with France, battles between English factions and Irish rebels. Where she fills in the gaps, she does so with total authority and plausibility. But what she does so well here is to tell us a moving story of a marriage. William and his beloved Isabelle are not a modern couple in period costume but real people, fully alive within the customs and beliefs of their time. The author's detailed knowledge of the period is so secure it does not detract from the page-turning story. A period of history that was a dull monochrome to me at school burst into colour within its pages and now I fully understand the importance of the Magna Carta, why John was deemed a 'bad king and how people lived and loved during his reign. Can one ask for more in any historical novel?' #NAME? 'Chadwick's historical fiction gets better and better. The mediaeval world becomes a vibrant place where historical figures live and breathe the events that shaped the modern world. A perfect addition to the Christmas wish list' LANCASHIRE EVENING Post 'Chadwick proves again why she is considered the best author of medieval fiction writing today' Nottingham EVENING Post

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1219 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (6 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZT48
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick has written over 20 historical novels sold in 18 languages worldwide. Her first novel, The Wild Hunt, won a Betty Trask Award, and The Scarlet Lion was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society, as one of the top ten historical novels of the last decade. Elizabeth's nineteenth novel, To Defy a King, won the RNA Historical Novel Prize in 2011. THE SUMMER QUEEN, the first novel in her stunning Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, will be followed by THE WINTER CROWN and THE AUTUMN THRONE.

Find out more at www.elizabethchadwick.com, Facebook/elizabeth.chadwick and on twitter: @Chadwickauthor

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William Marshal: man, hero and courtier 1 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
William Marshal steps out of the pages of history and, larger than life, provides us with an insight into the times in which he lived. This novel opens in 1197 and depicts the turbulent times around the reigns of King Richard I and King John.

While following the life of William and his wife Isabelle, we are treated to a finely depicted view of the politics, intrigue and events of medieval England and Ireland. The novel is multi-faceted: it enables us to relate to William and Isabelle as two human beings who needed to balance their own needs and those of their family with the code of honour and political constraints of the day. At the same time, the known historical facts are woven into the story in a way that breathes life into history and will have many readers wanting to know more about the actual events depicted.

And while those readers are learning more about the history, I have been provided with another hero worthy of my admiration.

Brava, Ms Chadwick! Few authors have ever made medieval history as interesting to me as you have.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith

Note:
The Scarlet Lion is the second of two standalone novels about William Marshal. The Greatest Knight is the first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This author just keeps getting better 1 July 2007
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this. A wonderful tale of one of the most honorable men to grace this earth, William Marshal and his true partner in all things, his wife Isabelle.

The first novel, The Greatest Knight, covered more of William Marshal's early life as a knight and courtier. This novel covers his life with Isabel and the dangers and terrors of living in the court of the King John, and then as regent for the young Henry III. I have to admit shedding more than a few tears at the last chapter, the end of Williams life.

I have read all of this author's works that I can get my hands on and I am amazed at how consistly she is improving (not that the earlier works were poorly written at all). Always an excellent story, a great history lesson and it's amazing how she effortlessly brings you into the sights, smells, sounds and life of another century. As someone else said, "The next best thing to time travel".
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Elizabeth Chadwick has given us a holiday gift---the sequel to her outstanding novel, The Greatest Knight. The Scarlet Lion picks up the life of William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke and eventual Regent of England in the early 1200s. To say that this man was more than a mere knight would be an understatement of the first order, and would be a disservice to the writing skills Ms. Chadwick displays so well.

Where should I begin in describing this magnificent novel? Maybe I will start with William's accomplishments, all of which were almost unheard of for someone who had to make his own way in life. Or perhaps I should begin with the cast of characters who populate this tale, among them Richard the Lion Heart, King John of Magna Carta fame, and the young Henry III who was placed in the care of Marshal upon the death of his father. But starting with those would take away the heart of the novel: the uncommon relationship between William and his wife, Isabelle. William, in a time when women were basically chattel, cherished his wife and listened to her counsel. Ms. Chadwick has taken all of these historical facts and woven them into one grand tapestry that brings Marshal to life and inserts him into your heart, mind, and soul. Her research is impeccable, and her gift of phrase will make you want to slow down while reading so as to savor every word.

To those who are lovers of good fiction, this is one of the best and truly deserving of a widespread audience. To those who are lovers of historical fiction, I can say with complete assurance that this will be a book you will treasure forever. Ms. Chadwick's skill in recreating the past pulls you into the story immediately, and won't let you go once you close the book. Highly, highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-class Historical Fiction 29 July 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Elizabeth Chadwick has a string of excellent historical novels behind her. Much of her research is carried out as a member of a medieval re-enactment society called Regia Anglorum. Many of her books could I suppose be called historical romances, but certainly not in the Mills and Boon mode. Her books are well written historical fiction that may or may not have a romantic attachment woven into them. Her books are not directed at a male or female audience, they are for everyone with a love of historical novels.

From his early beginnings as a tournament knight William Marshall's bravery and loyalty have been rewarded by marriage to Isabelle de Clare, heiress to great estates not only in England but also France and Ireland. Now a very powerful man in his own right William has come through the difficult years in England, brought about by the absence of the Lionheart on crusade. William is currently serving the King on campaign in Normandy while Isabelle governs the estate.

But everything that William Marshall and Isabelle hold dear comes down around their heads when Richard dies and his brother John takes up the throne of England. Whenever the two men have met before each tended to rub the other one up the wrong way. William and Isabelle try to distance themselves from John by returning to their estates in Ireland, but John counteracts this by holding their sons as hostage and confiscating their English lands. A man such as William will not take this sort of thing lying down and his dislike of King John turns to something much more forceful . . .
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