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The Love Knot Paperback – 1 Jul 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751525227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751525229
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,837,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An author who makes history come gloriously alive (THE TIMES)

One of Elizabeth Chadwick's strengths is her stunning grasp of historical detail...Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable (BARBARA ERSKINE)

The best writer of mediaeval fiction currently around (HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW)

The author blends authentic period detail with a modern convention for emotional drama (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

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* Whilst mediaeval England does battle against itself in the throes of civil war, a young midwife fights for her life in this hostile land.

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Elizabeth Chadwick is a wonderful writer of historical novels, managing to draw you back through time by her magic blending of words and accurate knowledge of her time periods.
She doesn't disappoint in 'The Love Knot'. Set in a turbulent period of English history, namely the Anarchy or first English Civil War of the 1100s, the two main characters give us a viewpoint of those people who were not quite of the nobility as well as offering a fascinating insight into medieval midwifery and superstitions through the eyes of Catrin, the heroine. Oliver is a different kind of hero, too, not immediately obvious. But his loyalty to his patron Robert of Gloucester and his steadfast nature as well as his need to love gets under your skin.
A brilliant book. Curl up in an armchair with a hot cup of tea and prepare to be taken back in time....
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Summer of the year 1140, Oliver and Catrin are drawn together through the horrors of civil war; their love grows but is then threatened. Oliver is taken prisoner and Catrin returns to the husband she mistakenly thought had died in battle. Torn between love and loyalty this is a story that will have you turning the pages quickly wanting to find out what happen If you love medieval historical romance this is definitely the book for you.
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By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
In true Chadwick form, "The Love Knot" transcends the genre with an epic tale of love and lust, loyalty and betrayal, and age-old traditions mix with 12th century law. Each page is full of rich and vivid color for the period. The historical accuracy of every aspect of the story was brought to vivid life and laid out simply to understand the politics of the time. Characters are well thought out and vibrant. Settings and costumes were not lacking in their rich detail. And old world traditions such as the meaning of a "love knot" bring more understanding of some of our modern day traditions. By the time I finished this book I was left enriched by the experience. "The Love Knot" is deservedly one of the best books that I've read so far this year and I will rush out to buy the others in Ms. Chadwick's collection.
~ Kemberlee Lugo, CompuServe Romance Reviews, Charter Member of RIO (Reviewers' International Organization), Copyrighted 2000
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By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
A gripping novel where you just can't help but feel the love and anxiety between the two main characters, Oliver and Catrin, at the turn of each page. After falling in love with Jamie Fraser in Diana Gabldon's 5 novels, I didn't think I'd find another author who could captivate me so much - but I have. Elizabeth Chadwick has captured the essence of history within a carefully-woven tale. A must for all you true romantics out there.
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This story centers around Oliver Pascal, who returns home from a pilgrimage in the Holy Land, only to find that he has lost his lands to Flemish mercenaries, in the pay of King Stephen of England. He becomes a hearth knight for Rober of Gloucester, illegitimate brother to Empress Mathilda, hoping someday to regain his lands. He is a widower who lost his wife in childbirth.
He rescues Catrin from a razed village and brings her and young Richard, illegitimate royal son and half-brother to Robert of Gloucester, to Bristol. He and Catrin eventually fall in love, lose each other and come back together in time. But not before they undergo many adventures during the turbulent times of Prince Henry II and King Stephen.
This was a wonderful story, and I couldn't wait to read it at every opportunity. It portrays not only what life was like for the nobles but also for the common people in great, descriptive detail. A fantastic read! I found this book in a used book store and I'm very glad I bought it. Even though this title is out-of-print, it is worth finding! If you like/love medieval stories, this book is for you!
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Elizabeth Chadwick's fiction will be appreciated by anyone who loves Barbara Erskine. The Chadwick novels are characterised by colourful and fast-paced action, memorable characters and totally authentic history. Completely unputdownable. Everyone I give them to becomes a fan.
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By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is yet another wonderful tale from the pen of Elizabeth Chadwick. Readers of historical fiction who love the Middle Ages should not miss this compelling and well-written novel set against the turmoil of the Civil War between Stephen and Maud. The characters are convincingly drawn while the background oozes medieval details. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and added it to my EC collection on my keeper shelf.
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I came to the books of Elizabeth Chadwick because I'm fascinated by medieval history and the books are superbly well written and the underlying research is extraordinarily meticulous, As historical novels they are of the highest possible quality and definitely well worth reading, however that's just the starting point, there's something else about these books that makes them truly remarkable; and didactic and life-enhancing, and that is the author's depth of understanding of human nature which borders on the superhuman. I feel that lots of people who have no particular interest in history will greatly enjoy Elizabeth's books and feel enriched by reading them.
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