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Lords Of The White Castle Paperback – 19 Jul 2001

4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (19 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751529575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751529579
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 4.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,118,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Chadwick has managed to weave a compelling story of intrigue and changing fortunes to produce a tale that makes for utterly compulsive reading. Her best yet. Highly recommended (HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW)

I love a good historical, and Elizabeth always obliges (Anita Burgh)

One of Elizabeth Chadwick's strengths is a stunning grasp of historical detail. Her characyers are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable. (Barbara Erskine)

Based on a remarkable true story, Fulke's life bursts across the page in authentic detail (NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE JOURNAL)

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* A deadly rivalry, an ancient family dispute, an impossible love.

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By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Chadwick has scored again. In this, her eleventh novel, she fictionalizes the life of sometime outlaw Fulke Fitzwarin. I started the book on an icy November afternoon, with a pot of tea and plate of gingersnaps at my side, and was immediately drawn back to the 12th century. As with all her books, Ms. Chadwick blends history and fiction with an expert touch. The romance between Fuke and Maude de Vavasour is touching, as they overcome great odds to marry and have a family while he battles with King John to recover his family's primary seat, Whittington Castle.
The plot was well paced and full of just the right combination of romance, adventure and history.
Fans of romantic historical fiction should not miss this latest triumph by one of the brightest stars in the world of medieval historical fiction.
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By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 July 2007
Format: Paperback
While serving as a squire at the court of Henry II, fifteen year old Fulke FitzWarin runs afoul of a drunken Prince John and fights back when John attacks him with a wooden chess board, leaving a grudge that both men carry into adulthood. The FitzWarin family fights to have Whittingdon Castle, that was taken from them during the Civil War, returned to them, yet upon Richard I's death the now King John refuses to consider Fulke's plea out of spite. Fulke and his brothers rebel against John and become outlaws, living in the woods and robbing whenever they can from John (hmmm, a bit similar to a certain legend?).

Fulke has carried a torch for Maud Walter, who was married to a much older Theobald Walter when she was very young. Recently widowed, and at risk of being married off to one of John's henchmen, Fulke literally whisks her out from under John's nose and marries her and she joins Fulke and his brothers as outlaws as they continue to fight to regain Whittingdon Castle.

There's a whole lot more to the story than that, but as usual I'm not into book reports, read it for yourself. As always with Chadwick's books, the way she brings the medieval period to life in such a graceful and effortless way, be it the sights, sounds, smells, food, clothes and battles is just awesome. As quoted on some of her book jackets, the next best thing to time travel. Chadwick has also written a prequel of sorts telling the story of Fulke's parents, Shadows and Strongholds: A Novel that I also highly recommend.
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By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is by far Elizabeth's best book to date. As usual, it takes me into the Mediaeval period where I can almost experience the life for myself. It's historically accurate too - I've checked!
This book has the accolade of being the only book (out of the many 100's that I have read) that has made me cry, such is the emotional content.
For readers awaiting a new novel, I would recommend Diana Gabaldon. Again, she absorbs you into the period and she is historiacally correct.
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By A Customer on 17 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the story, but wondered if it was a bit far fetched in places for an "historical" novel - as an historical romance, however, it was a good read. I think Sharon Penman and Helen Hollick perhaps have a slight edge over this particular novel though
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This author really knows how to weave a tale, making it real and believable without dropping pace or losing the thread of her narrative.

This is the story of Fulke, legitimate heir to his family's property and lands not far from the border between England and Wales. As this is the 12th century, the system of inheritance is very much in the gift of the King as the liege lord to whom Fulke has to swear allegiance. As the King is John (runt of the Angevin litter and very much in the shadow of his older brother Richard the Lionheart) things do not go well. There is enormous animosity between the two men, which dates from Fulke's time in the then Prince John's household and this bitterness means Fulke spends much of his adult life fighting to rescue his inheritance, Whittington, from the family to whom John has granted tenure.

Early in the book he meets Maude, a lovely and very young bride on the brink of her marriage to an older man. That marriage is not entirely unwelcome as it will free Maude from her unfeeling and unsympathetic father. Her mixed feelings for Fulke soon become a mutual attraction which is masked by indifference and the appearance of dislike. Fulke is by nature a warrior, a fighter on many levels, and King John delights in using his talents, discarding him, harrying him and threatening him and his brothers. When, Maude's elderly and devout husband who has virtually become a monk passes away, she is left as a woman of substance and a vulnerable widow, who having caught the roving eye of King John is, in time honoured royal fashion, offered the role of mistress. Revolted by this suggestion, Maude admits her feelings for Fulke and a passionate and fulfilling marriage begins against the background of his endless questing for his birthright.
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By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
While serving as a squire at the court of Henry II, fifteen year old Fulke FitzWarin runs afoul of a drunken Prince John and fights back when John attacks him with a wooden chess board, leaving a grudge that both men carry into adulthood. The FitzWarin family fights to have Whittingdon Castle, that was taken from them during the Civil War, returned to them, yet upon Richard I's death the now King John refuses to consider Fulke's plea out of spite. Fulke and his brothers rebel against John and become outlaws, living in the woods and robbing whenever they can from John (hmmm, a bit similar to a certain legend?).

Fulke has carried a torch for Maud Walter, who was married to a much older Theobald Walter when she was very young. Recently widowed, and at risk of being married off to one of John's henchmen, Fulke literally whisks her out from under John's nose and marries her and she joins Fulke and his brothers as outlaws as they continue to fight to regain Whittingdon Castle.

There's a whole lot more to the story than that, but as usual I'm not into book reports, read it for yourself. As always with Chadwick's books, the way she brings the medieval period to life in such a graceful and effortless way, be it the sights, sounds, smells, food, clothes and battles is just awesome. As quoted on some of her book jackets, the next best thing to time travel. Chadwick has also written a prequel of sorts telling the story of Fulke's parents, Shadows and Strongholds: A Novel that I also highly recommend.
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