8/31/13

The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick


 ★★★½
GENRE: Historical Fiction
SUBJECT: loyalty, honor
Setting: England, Normandy, France
CHARACTERS: William Marshall, Isabelle de Clare, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II, Richard Lionheart
DATE READ: August 22 - August 31
NO. OF PAGES: 440
Off the Shelf (pre-2013)? Source?:   yes, Nook Stockpile

PLOT:....................................................................3.00
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................3.50
TOPICS: ...............................................................4.00
STYLE:..................................................................4.00
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................3.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................4.00
OWNERSHIP:......................................................3.00
Threshold Quality.................................................3.00
Average..............................................................................................3.50

Having just read Sharon Kay Penman's trilogy about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine where the reader meets William Marshall at the age of 5 and he continues in the background throughout, this book was extremely entertaining because of the background that is built by this other with the same history.

William Marshall here is shown as a man of chivalry, honor and loyalty as well as love for those of his family.  Frequently, he story shows how he is torn between what he desires to and what he sees as the honorable thing and Chadwick's William Marshall always manages to make the right choice at the right time.

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