The Greatest Knight

Author(s): Elizabeth Chadwick


Based on fact, this is the story of William Marshal, the greatest knight of the Middle Ages. Unsurpassed in the tourneys, he adeptly manoeuvres his way through the colourful, dangerous world of Angevin politics to become one of the most powerful magnates of the realm and eventually regent of England. From minor beginnings and a narrow escape from death in childhood, William Marshal steadily rises through the ranks to become tutor in arms to the son of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. As champion on the tourney field and a royal favorite, William is in danger of petty jealousies at court. Dogged by scandal, banished from court, his services are nevertheless sought throughout Europe and when William's honour is vindicated, he returns to court to win greater acclaim and power than before. A crusader and the only knight ever to unhorse the legendary Richard Coeur de Lion, William's courage and steadfastness are rewarded by the hand in marriage of Anglo-Irish heiress Isobel de Clare, 19 years old, the grandaughter of kings and his equal in every way.


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A spellbinding story about forgotten hero William Marshal, from acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Chadwick.

'The best writer of mediaeval fiction currently around' Historirical Novel Review 'Elizabeth Chadwick knows exactly how to write convincing and compelling historical fiction' Marina Oliver

Elizabeth Chadwick lives near Nottingham with her husband, two sons and assorted animals including cats, dog and guinea pigs. She is the author of 15 historical novels, four of which have been shortlisted for awards. Go to the author's website at

General Fields

  • : 9780751536607
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Sphere
  • : 0.0
  • : July 2006
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 560