To Defy A King (William Marshal) Hardcover – 6 May 2010
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As always, Chadwick simply dazzles the reader with her superb characterisation, her ability to bring the period alive, so we feel as if we are walking alongside the characters, seeing what they see, hearing the tumult surrounding them - sharing in their agonies, and celebrating their joys. I cannot commend the work of Chadwick's highly enough - if you enjoy historical fiction, she will surely become a firm favourite, if she isn't already (Bookbag blog)
Chadwick skilfully weaves her impressive historical research into a gripping narrative (Daily Express)
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When Mahelt reaches her fifteenth birthday she and Hugh are able to consummate their marriage and begin building a family together, but their happiness is ultimately threatened by the escalating tensions between King John and his barons. Hugh also has a lot of tension of his own to deal with from his half-brother William Longespée, who is quite full of himself and his relationship to the King (he is John's half-brother through his mother Ida see more about that in The Time of Singing);
"...although for Longespée attendance on John was a validation of his royal blood and an opportunity to pose in fine clothes."
The conflicts finally lead to open revolt against the King and Mahelt finds herself torn between loyalty to the Bigods who want to oust John and her father who swore fealty to John and is honor bound to keep it. And what of her beloved brothers who have been held hostage for years by John to ensure her father's loyalty?
"Do not talk to me of God. I have been supping with the Devil...Read more ›
I wasn't sure at first how much I would like Mahelt, who is very headstrong, a little spoiled and begins the book with a lot of growing up to do. But while she does have the occasional Fallon Carrington moment, once she married Hugh I found myself totally on her side. A paradox of historical fiction is that while readers usually prefer feisty heroines, in the past assertiveness was not appreciated in women and strong-willed females usually suffered for their lack of pliability. While Mahelt develops into a very appealing heroine, she pays the price for her rebelliousness more than once.
The theme of rebellion comes to the fore in the years leading up to Magna Carta, as the king's relationship with his barons steadily deteriorates. While this novel is written from the point of view of the barons driven to breaking point by King John's abuse of his power, Elizabeth Chadwick brings balance to the narrative by allowing us to glimpse John's point of view. My favourite character was Longespee, who is caught between his identification with his royal heritage, his loyalty to John and the connection he feels to his Bigod relatives.Read more ›
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Another gripping tale woven around history. Elizabeth Chadwick never fails to provide a good page turner. Very enjoyable.Published 18 days ago by Villette
This was also only delivered this morning - it looks as if it will be extremely good, having read the first few pages.Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Rabet
Elizabeth Chadwick brings alive characters and events from the past. Insightful and compelling reading. You have met with these characters!Published 4 months ago by Bev
Elizabeth Shadwick writes with Facts and Imagination and I had already read of William Marshall's life in medeivil (spelling may be wrong)
timrs which was colourful and... Read more