Privileged daughter of William Marshal, Mahelt marries
Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk. But when King
John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces the worst
alone, knowing neither she, nor her marriage, are likely to
survive. A story of emotional power set against the road to
Magna Carta and the fight to bring a tyrant king to heel,
Defy a King is Elizabeth Chadwick at her best.