Elizabeth Chadwick's novel on the life of William Marshall, the pre-eminant knight of his time.
Okay, the book deals with the first "half" of Marshall's life, up until roughly 1194. This includes his early years on the tourney circuit, his time as mentor to Henry, the Young King, and the rule of Richard I, King of England.
I knocked this book over in the course of one day - which translates to I couldn't put it down.
I was already familiar with the story of William Marshal from Georges Duby's excellent biography - which I was slightly disappointed to find the Elizabeth did not mention in her list of books used as references.
The one part of the book in which I was disappointed was with the introduction of Isabella de Clare - this introduction broke the whole continuity of the novel. It just didn't flow - I felt that this was sort of added in ad hoc. What would have been better, in my own opinion, was to introduce Isabella when we first meet Heloise - at the Tower of London 1186.
However, overall, I was extremely happy with the novel and look forward to "The Scarlet Lion".
Visit the William Marshall website.