The Unsung Story Of The Queen's Champion
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Featuring: William Marshall
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Royal protector. Loyal servant. Forgotten hero.
A penniless young knight with few prospects, William Marshal
is plucked from obscurity when he saves the life of Henry
II's formidable queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In gratitude,
she appoints him tutor to the heir to the throne, the
volatile and fickle Prince Henry. But being a royal favorite
brings its share of danger and jealousy as well as fame and
A writer of uncommon historical integrity and accuracy,
Elizabeth Chadwick resurrects the true story of one of
England's greatest forgotten heroes in a captivating blend
of fact and fiction. The Greatest Knight restores William
Marshal to his rightful place at the pinnacle of the Middle
Ages, reflecting through him the triumphs, scandals, and
power struggles that haven't changed in eight hundred years.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ELIZABETH CHADWICK AND THE GREATEST KNIGHT:
The Greatness of William Marshal: The descendants of the Greatest Knight himself include George Washington and Winston Churchill, as well as the Stuart kings of England and Scotland. He was partly responsible for the Magna Carta. He vowed his body to the Templars and is buried in Temple Church in London.
The Appeal of the Time Period: There are very few novels about Marshal, and no one has covered him as in depth as Elizabeth Chadwick has. In addition, unlike the Tudor era, there are not extensive amounts of historical fiction set in the 13th century.
The Integrity of the Research: Elizabeth Chadwick's research is impeccable. She not only visited many locations, but she re-enacted with a living history society where a quarter of the membership are either historians or archaeologists, and she collected and used replica artifacts from the period and engaged in experimental archaeology. She has taken courses in various medieval studies to facilitate her knowledge.
The Breadth of the Audience: Readers who are fans of Sharon Kay Penman, Anya Seton, Diana Gabaldon, Phillipa Gregory, and Jean Plaidy will like Elizabeth Chadwick. She appeals to readers who are looking for historical accuracy and strong, believable characters, readers who want to feel that they are being immersed in the period with well-rounded characters.
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Re: The Greatest Knight
Love your books.
(Sheree Sarandos 1:41am February 11, 2010)
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