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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409142418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409142416
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 16.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian Cameron (Also Miles Cameron, author of the 'Red Knight' and 'Fell Sword') was born in the US, in Pittsburg PA, in 1962 and grew up in Rochester, NY and Iowa City, Iowa, as well as Rockport MA. He attended high school at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester NY and got an honors BA in Medieval History at the University of Rochester. After University, Mr. Cameron joined the United States Navy as an Ensign, serving in VS 31 as an air intelligence officer and gaining his Air Observer wings before going to spend the rest of his military career as a humint officer, first with NCIS and later with DHS, serving in the first Gulf War, Somalia, and central Africa on numerous occasions. Mr. Cameron left the US military in 2000 as a Lieutenant Commander.

While still serving in the Navy, Mr. Cameron proposed his first novel with his father (Kenneth Cameron, American novelist and playwright) to Harper Collins UK, which was published in 1996 as 'Night Trap" in the UK and "Rules of Engagement" in the United States. In 2002, Mr. Cameron wrote his first solo novel, "Washington and Caesar," published by Harper Collins in the UK and Random House in the US. Also in 2002, Mr. Cameron moved to Canada and married his wife, Sarah. They have one child, Beatrice. They live in Toronto.

Mr. Cameron is a passionate historical reenactor, with interests in the American Revolution (www.csmid.com) and the Persian wars (www.plataians.org) and the Middle Ages. His author website is www.hippeis.com. His author website at Miles Cameron is www.traitorson.com

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A vivid and gutsy tale of medieval warfare (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An action-packed tale of chivalry and betrayal set during the Hundred Years War.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug 2013
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In this book, this oh so wonderful book, Christian Cameron proves yet again no matter what era he writes in, he does it with style, skill and panache. For me he is the finest writer of historical fiction currently writing. As a writer he ticks every box, deep research, deep personal knowledge from his re-enactment, a deep abiding passion for the subject matter and for the world of writing, and a natural skill of the storyteller, a skald, a minstrel a chronicler a man who can lift his audience to another time and place, transporting them to sit at the shoulder of his characters through pain, happiness , passion, victory and defeat. Every single book gets better and is a bigger triumph than the last, and that astounds me, because every book just takes my breath away in its scope and skill.

Ill Made Knight is a whole new world for me, I know nothing about this period, 1356 England and France is a blank slate, and yet in every page I felt at home with William Gold, I felt every one of his losses and every one of his victories, his betrayals hurt me as much as William, his losses cut me to the core, his loves reminded me of the highs a person can reach just being in the presence of that special person in your life and his anger at the Bourc burned as hotly for me as it did for him. The book arouses all those passions in the reader and more.

As much as I was entertained, I feel I was also educated, knowing that the author, has invested so much time, patience, blood sweat and energy into understanding the period, the arms and armour, the clothing, the fighting (he took part in a tournament recently in full armour).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Aug 2013
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I have borrowed this title ("Noble ideals and bloody realities") for my review from a collection of studies that addresses various aspects of this tension throughout the middle Ages. I could also have titled it "the business of war and knightly honour," or something like that, because this is also what this superb piece of historical fiction is about.

The point I will try to make is that this book is not only a very entertaining novel that tells the adventures and rise in the world through war of William Gold, who starts his career as a cook's boy in the army of the Black Prince, fights at Poitiers and ultimately becomes a famous mercenary captain. It is about his aspirations and ideals; his quest for honour and knighthood, but also for recognition and enrichment through war and it is also about all these aspirations conflict with each other and reflect the tensions of his times.

The story begins at a time when the Great Plague had swept across Europe and as the war in France had been going on for some fifteen years. It ends about a decade later with the main character serving in Italy as a mercenary and one of the up-and-coming lieutenants of Sir John Hawkwood, one of the most successful of the mercenary captains of the "Great Companies." There will clearly (and very much hope so) be other volumes telling the rest of the story, given the way that this volume ends.

The book brings together the three main ingredients that you find in all good pieces of historical fiction: an original plot and a cast of rather interesting characters grounded in a historical context that has been meticulously researched.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jessica@jkp.com on 6 Aug 2013
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A hugely enjoyable book. Christian Cameron continues to get better - good characters, good history, and a level of self-reflection in his heroes that is enormously satisfying. The young man of this new epic behaves so exactly like a young man, but learns and grows, gets better at everything (especially fighting) through the school of hard knocks and a few decent people who see something in him worth helping. Great atmospheric sense of the time, and of the chaos of mediaeval war. I had no idea that this was actually what had happened in France. One can see the historian in the background of the writer, but it is not at all oppressive. I really enjoyed this book and it is responsible for my not having done all sorts of things I intended over the weekend, because I simply did not want to put it down. Great entertainment, and I learnt something too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 16 Sep 2013
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Happy to recommend "The Ill made Knight" although I think perhaps the title while descriptive could be better.

The book is written in the first person and takes us through English owned France in the 14th century The hero can stretch belief at times but overall well written and a gripping tale.As an historical fiction fan I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will be buying Christians next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JBS on 7 Nov 2014
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What an excellent book!!!! I have long been an avid reader of non-fiction history and it's rare to find a work of fiction that matches their level of detail - this is the first. Cameron uses the life of William Gold to illustrate the life of a mercenary cavalryman in the period of Poitiers and the Great Companies. Many of the characters encountered can be found in Kenneth Fowler's excellent "Medieval Mercenaries", Terry Jones "Knight's Tale", Mallett's "Mercenaries and their Masters" and Jonathan Sumption's brilliant series of the Hundred Years War, as well as other authors biographies of Hawkwood, and Chaucer. Read in conjunction with any or all of these, it's even more of a page turner. The main character is believable and likeable, even when acting in a manner that is reprehensible! If you like medieval history this is worth buying, you will revisit it, I promise you. I look forward to his next installment.
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