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Westminster, 1184. As a reward for loyalty to the crown, Fulke FitzWarin becomes companion to Prince John. But the FitzWarins are as proud as they are true, so when John accuses Fulke of cheating at chess, his response is inevitable - and disastrous.

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

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  • Lesley
  • West Kempsey, Australia
  • 08-15-10

Historical fiction / bodice ripper

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 and no stars for the historical content.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Long but worth it!

What did you love best about Lords of the White Castle?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Scott – was your favorite?

I think he did them all well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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)

Any additional comments?

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.

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Excellent, highly recommend

Wonderful read. I absolutely love Elizabeth Chadwick's books and this one was no exception. She literally makes the characters step off the pages and become real to the reader. She is an excellent writer and knows how to keep the reader's attention throughout what could be a dull, staid period in history. This particular book was about Fultz Fitzwarren and the lifelong struggle he had with King John and the way it affected his life. It was so interesting that it made me stop reading and look up the actual history behind the book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Leslie
  • Lake Huntington, NY, United States
  • 04-15-13

Bravo! Another fun escape from elizabeth chadwick

If you could sum up Lords of the White Castle in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, Romance amongst VERY interesting characters!

Which character – as performed by Christopher Scott – was your favorite?

Christopher Scott is fast becoming one of my favorite readers !!!

Any additional comments?

elizabeth chadwick's stories of chilvary & romance never disappoint, her books are so delicious to read !!!!

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  • Mogster
  • 08-31-10

Brilliant

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lesley
  • 03-16-10

Mediaeval Magic

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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  • Nadia
  • 05-01-17

A real Robin Hood

Would you listen to Lords of the White Castle again? Why?

I love historical fiction, and this is historical fiction at its best. I will undoubtedly read it many times.

What did you like best about this story?

There was so much emotion.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Scott – was your favourite?

Fulk, definitely

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Real Robin Hood

Any additional comments?

In trying to find a "real Robin Hood" some have speculated that Fulk Fitzwarren was a strong candidate. Certainly his real life story bears similarities, and a lot of romance has grown up around him until separating fact from fiction is no easy task. Elizabeth Chadwick attempts to do just this, and does a remarkable job. Fulk Fitzwarren's turbulent life is vividly described in this epic tale of adventure, love, passion and betrayal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jinty
  • 10-23-14

Lord and Master...

What made the experience of listening to Lords of the White Castle the most enjoyable?

The style that Elizabeth writes in.

What did you like best about this story?

The intricate detail of the time,and how hard it was for people to survive.

What does Christopher Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Oh I wouldn't read this as a book,Chris is magical! He is the storyteller !!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes many times, Elizabeth's. Books have always had this effect on me..

Any additional comments?

In this storyline she really focused on just how difficult it was for women. Being born female your destiny was in the hands of Men !! A wonderful listen,... I Know it's not a new book but still a fine interesting listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Judith P
  • 06-30-15

A wonderful story

A great story, told with all the important detail and emotion that you'd expect from Elizabeth Chadwick.