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Steven

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  • The Greatest Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Christopher Scott
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    From humble beginnings and a narrow escape from death in childhood, William Marshall steadily rises through the ranks to become tutor in arms to the son of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Based on fact, this is the story of William Marshal, the greatest knight of the Middle Ages.

    Rachel says: "Could have been Greater."
    "Good but heavy on the familial and court gossip"
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    I really like some of Elizabeth Chadwick's novels. This book while I did enjoy it, I didn't love it and found it tedious at times. I will admit that William Marshall is a lofty subject to cover so I can forgive the dates skipping around alot. I felt that the book was about 80% about Marshall's familial life at home with his wife\concubine and english court politics and only about 20% about his Tourney and Military career. You hear alot about how GREAT a militarist and tourney'er he was but vary rarely ever actually see it. There are few battle scenes and few tourney scenes which I found odd based on his reputation. I also found it a bit hard to really get to know Marshall other than he was a man of honor and integrity, his character came off a bit flat for me.

    The book constantly made me feel a bit let down because it would build up to a castle siege scene and then you turn the page expecting some interesting siege warfare and what you get is him returing to his wife and describing the siege after the fact in a few sentences. I felt cheated ALOT!

    I will probably read the next book just to finish out the story but this book was average in my opinion.

    Pros
    -Good historical research
    -Interesting subject
    -Good details that draw you into the 12th century life

    Cons
    -WAY TOO much time covering his home life, romance and family
    -WAY too much time spent with discussions related to the English court (Which I already knew alot about)
    -NOT nearly enough that shows us why he was so good at Tourneying or Military skills

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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