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The Champion Paperback – 5 Mar 1998

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (5 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751511781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751511789
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,088,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'An author who makes history come gloriously alive' -- THE TIMES

`One of Elizabeth Chadwick's strengths is her stunning grasp of historical detail...Her characters are beguiling...' -- BARBARA ERSKINE

`The best writer of mediaeval fiction currently around' -- Historical Novel Review

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* A wonderful, well-researched tear-jerker of an historical romance

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jilana on 6 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
I am real fan of Elizabeth Chadwick's. Her novels are always believable and full of three dimensional characters who sweep you along with the stories.
The Champion is my Absolute favorite though. It is the story of Alexander and Monday, who meet on the jousting tourney fields of France. Their paths cross, they are torn apart by circumstance and when finally they meet again they are strangers, and have to rebuild their friendship despite Royal intervention and insidious family plotting.
This book thrilled me. Close your eyes and you will feel the cold damp air of the fields and the thundering vibrations of hooves, hear the shouts and whinneys from the lists and the moans of the fallen ones.
You won't be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jilana on 28 Aug. 2007
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I am real fan of Elizabeth Chadwick's. I always find I can completely immerse myself in most of her novels and you cannot help but be swept along with the characters.
The Champion is my Absolute favorite though. It is the story of Alexander
(note -Stefan?? shame on you people who review without actually reading the books just to increase your reveiwer status)
and Monday, who meet on the jousting tourney fields of France. Their adolescent love is doomed to fail, and finding herself pregnant and orphaned, Monday flees the Tourney life to try and regain some semblence of security. When finally they meet again, the adult Monday and Alexander are strangers, and have to rebuild their friendship despite Royal intervention and insidious family plotting.
This book thrilled me. Close your eyes and you will feel the cold damp air of the fields and the thundering vibrations of hooves, hear the shouts and whinneys from the lists and the moans of the fallen ones.
You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 July 2015
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The perfect companion for all historical fiction enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Probably more an example of historical romance than what I call historical fiction, but a great story. A young woman, Monday, is the daughter of a tourney knight. Alexandre de Montroi is the younger brother of a tourney knight. Their adventures and love story span the era of Kings Richard and John. At one point Monday becomes the mistress of Prince John. Alexandre eventually gains a spot in the retinue of William Marshall. And ultimately there is a happy ending.
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By Ellis Bell on 4 Dec. 2009
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This novel is set against the tournament circuits of the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Alexander de Montroi, an escapee from a brutal regime at Cranwell Priory, goes to his brother, a tourney knight. Eventually, he becomes a knight himself, eventually entering into the retinue of William Marshal. Meanwhile, Monday de Cerezay is the daughter of a tourney knight and seamstress. She and Alexander fall in love--with adverse results.

Once again, Elizabeth Chadwick gives us a wonderful rendering of the 12th century, combining romance with a wealth of historical detail that never bogs the story down. I was especially fascinated with the marriage scene, where Alexander and Monday's son was legitimized. The reason why I love Chadwick's novels so much is that she always manages to create a story that draws the reader in. Although the romance seems a bit pedestrian at times, it's also a bit bittersweet; they don't really realize how much they love each other until after they've parted ways. I found Monday's motives for leaving a little perplexing, though. Still, the characters are such that you really find yourself involved in their story. There's a nice blend of historical fact and fiction, which lends itself well to Alexander and Monday's story. It's not my favorite Elizabeth Chadwick novel, but it's still very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2006
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I don't usually read this type of historical romance but Chadwick was recommended and this was my first try: the first 100 pages or so was a bit of a slog for me (hence the 3* rating) but once it got going I couldn't put the book down. I really liked Alexander and the way he grew up in the book and even got to like Hervi who irritated me at the beginning. I'm glad I perservered and am even ready to try another Chadwick!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2007
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Set in the 12C, Alexander de Montroi, unwanted by his older half-brother, is placed in a monastery where he was abused by a monk. Alexander escapes the monastery and seeks his half brother Hervi who is a tourney knight in partnership with Arnaud de Cerizay and his wife Clemence and their daughter Monday. As Alexander is trained by his brother to be a tourney knight, he also earns the lifetime enmity of fellow tourney knight and all-around bad guy Eudo le Boucher. Eventually, Monday's mother dies in childbirth and her father is driven mad with grief and is killed by le Boucher, leaving Monday in the care of Hervi and Alexander. One night Monday and Alexander get a bit too tipsy and end up in bed together, leading Monday to leave the protection of the de Montroi brothers and seek employment with Lady Elise as a sempstress -- and finds herself pregnant. Hervi is injured and Alexander leaves him in care of monks (good ones) as he searches for Monday to no avail. The brothers fear she is lost to them forever.

John, Count of Mortaine, visits the castle where Monday resides and is smitten and makes her his mistress as Alexander, with no hope of finding Monday, takes service with William Marshal as a household knight. After several years, their paths cross and the rest of the story then revolves around extricating Monday from John's clutches along with those of Monday's well born grandfather - who now needs an heir and wishes to have Monday married to someone more suitable than Alexander - but Alexander must be put out of the way first.

This is one of Chadwick's earlier novels and while her attention to historical detail is outstanding as always, this book does have more of a romance feel to it, although I thoroughly enjoyed Alexander and Monday's love story.
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