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First-class Historical Fiction,
This review is from: The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal) (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 . . .