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William Marshal: man, hero and courtier,
This review is from: The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal) (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.
The Scarlet Lion is the second of two standalone novels about William Marshal. The Greatest Knight is the first.