Thus begins a bitter and life-long personal rivalry. The FitzWarins dream of returning to their family home, Whittington, taken from them during a war. But John is vindictive and his delight in denying the FitzWarins what is rightfully theirs leads to Fulke's renouncing his allegiance and turning outlaw.
©2000 Elizabeth Chadwick; (P)2003 Soundings
Good frolicking romp through the Norman times. Very predictable but then if you are looking for an easy listen this will suit you just fine. There were times when I wanted to say 'Oh get on with it will you' to the author. In my opinion it would be well placed published in episodes in a womens magazine. Personally I prefer the legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marion if we're going the road of the wealthy landowner dispossesed by wicked King John, turned outlaw, living in the forests and making forays into the outside world to be 'loved by the good' and 'feared by the bad'.
4 stars for a light hearted story which held together because the characters were interesting and the reader was allowed to get to know them well... and no stars for the historical content.
The plot. It wasn't formulaic and predictable. It was a very long book- I had to put it down and come back to it because there was so much information to process. I usually listen to books while driving so I couldn't always pay attention to detail and had to rewind quite a bit in the beginning.
It isn't a romance in that everybody gets everything they want-this is the 13 th century and life is hard. Having said that, there is a nice romance/relationship in it.
I think he did them all well.
I was fascinated by the way women were treated. I knew marriages were based on politics or power instead of love and that women had no power or control unless it was given by her father or husband, but listening to this book gave me a better understanding of their lives. It was frustrating at times to listen to these situations( Maude's father was the worst, I wish we knew what his bride thinks of him after they had been married awhile)
My only criticism is that there is music played in between the chapters and I found it annoying and it broke up the flow of the story- VERY distracting. That is why I gave the performance 4 stars.
Adventure, Romance amongst VERY interesting characters!
Christopher Scott is fast becoming one of my favorite readers !!!
elizabeth chadwick's stories of chilvary & romance never disappoint, her books are so delicious to read !!!!
I was introduced to Elizabeth Chadwick via the books about William Marshall and that was nothing short of a masterpiece spread across two novels. I have been an avid fan ever since. I have never been over keen on historical novels by women as they always seemed to involve too much romance and not a lot of gritty realism. I came to the genre via Bernard Cornwell and enjoy the action and smell of the era so well described. This book and her others are a brilliant balance of love, war and feel of the time that makes the past real and balanced (not too much famine and poverty). Her characters are real (definitely in the case of Marshall). Also the masterstroke here is using a male voice for the narration making the whole production balanced for both male and female listeners to enjoy. More please!
Elizabeth Chadwick transports us back to the time of dastardly Prince John - the hero this time is Fulke FitzWarin whose life at the start sounds remarkably like Robin Hood as the battle of wits continues Maud, his wife and he end up on the wrong end of the law as John hounds Fulke for a childhood arguement. A thoroughly enjoyable read again.
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