Elizabeth Chadwick's Greatest knight is very good I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction. I have listened to all her books and the narrators really bring the stories to life.
I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
Among historical fiction it's top 20%. I would have enjoyed a little more focus on some of the great battles The Marshall was involved in and less on his love life, but I was aware that the author would shy away from battles in lieu of the love story wherever possible. Ms. Chadwick spins a heroic real life figure into the limelight he deserves (with or without the battle scenes) and she is due immense credit for a great story.
It really has to be William Marshall doesn't it?
No. It did have a couple of dry spots. But not so much as to take away from the overall quality of the novel.
If you are a fan of English historical fiction, read it. Even if you're like me and the other reviews scare you off due to the focus on personal relationships as opposed to military history, read it. It's worth it.
Only if this were the only book on the subject. The book had interesting and specific information that I hadn't come across before but the story as a whole seemed bogged down. But I did finish, so it's worth 3 stars. With all the battles and difficulty William Marshall faced in his life I thought the book would read a little more dynamic.
no, I enjoy this genre. I think it's the verbiage and tone of the narrator that made it easy to tune out.
He made it worth the listen.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
Yes! A truly mesmerizing story with same in narration! Historical 'fiction' at its best. The characters are so well-developed and believable as well as despicable, lovable, deceitful, and any other .... 'ful's' or 'able's' you can imagine.
When William Marshall was cast out of the king's realm for falsely being accused of treason.
His ability to portray each character was so fluid and distinct. A great listen!
Exactly what the title is! The Greatest Knight
You can't go wrong with Chadwick's ability to reel you into a part of the past that was so profound with treachery, deceit, power and turmoil. Fiction or not....it is as real as she makes you want to believe it is.
I expected something very different, but got a heavily romanticised tale of a perfect man, perfect lover, perfect Knight, which was too hard for me to believe in but if romance is your want, I can recommend it within that constraint.
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William Marshall, named by historians as perhaps the greatest knight and hero of English history. Intimately involved in the Magna Carta, some say a hero of worldwide democracy and ruling by the will of the people. It was only in fairly recent history that documents were found, making historians aware of Marshall's importance. This novel does a brilliant job of retelling his story. I also loved the sequel, "The Scarlett Lion"
Historical fiction is a category that must be navigated with care. It's a catch all for everything from silly romance novels to novels like this one that give more of an insight into history than simply dates and times. Elizabeth Chadwick and Phillipa Gregory are the best at this. Using their extensive research on HOW people lived, they are able to combine recorded dates and times with research into what and how the people of this time lived and loved to weave a riveting story. I don't care if they served pheasant or elk at the feast, as long as it is historically accurate to have served either. What is important is the understand what it must have been like to live during those times. That is the real purpose of studying history. To connect with the humanity and do better moving forward.
This book in particular is one of my favorites because of the subject matter. William Marshall and Richard I (Lionhearted) are (to me) two of the greatest heroes because unlike most of the rest, hungry for power, they believed in something and stood for what they believed, popular or not. My 2 cents :)