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The prowess and loyalty of the great knight William Marshal have been rewarded with the hand in marriage of Isabelle de Clare. William has weathered the difficult years of King Richard's absence on crusade and is currently serving him on campaign in Normandy. But the stability William and Isabelle have enjoyed comes crashing down as Richard dies and his brother John becomes king.

Rebellion stirs throughout the Angevin domains, and William and Isabelle distance themselves in Ireland. As the situation escalates, William steers an increasingly precarious path that will lead him, eventually, to the rule of a country in desperate straits, with Isabelle walking with him every step of the way.

©2006 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2007 Soundings

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  • A. J. McConachie
  • 2007-05-31

Wonderful/Fantastic Listen

First time listener of this author, and I can tell you it won't be the last! Elizabeth Chadwick is The best writer of medieval fiction I have read/listened to in a very long time.
Very well narrated. I will be looking for more of Elizabeth Chadwick's superb writing from audible. This is top quality.

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  • Compute
  • 2015-08-14

Extraordinary

What a fantastic read. This series just gets better and better. The third book is by far the best (having read A Place Beyond Courage and The Greatest Knight) and I have felt a range of emotions while reading the book. I have laughed, cried and simply been intrigued by this great knight and his story. Elizabeth Chadwick is truly a master at her craft.

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  • Dee
  • 2010-11-17

JUST GREAT !

With well over 200 audiobooks in my listening past, this is only the 2nd time I've written a review. This was such a treat. Best off reading the proir William Marshall books before this one to appreciate the story to its fullest but still a wonderful, engrossing, and delightful book. Plenty of history to appreciate in a fictional story and now one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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  • Jim H.
  • 2010-06-26

Doesn't compare to "Greatest Knight"

What a disappointment.This had none of the story qualities of the first book. It was more like an attempt to tie together unrelated historical incidents and a European genealogy chart. Spent more time discussing the birth of children that played no role in the future story than any battles, strategies, etc. I could go on, but this book is a sad follow-up to "Greatest Knight"

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  • Linda
  • 2007-06-30

Excellent!

Opens a window into the year of 1200 and is a pleasure to read!!!

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  • Yak
  • 2009-08-27

Great Book

As a follow on to the Greatest Knight these two books follow the non-fictional William Marshal offering a wonderful experience to the "reader" - Great "Read".

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  • Jeffrey
  • 2010-07-09

Love the history, lukewarm on the audiobook

I read the previous book in this series, "The Greatest Knight," and gave it 4 stars. This one was a little more uneven, I thought, and I've given it 3 stars. William Marshall lived a long time and went through a lot. Maybe two books is too few to tell his life story because this book felt rushed, and the production team didn't help. A little pause between scene changes would be a nice improvement.

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  • Christine
  • 2022-05-04

Medieval English and French history and a very honorable man

This book takes in known historical facts and the author writes an assumed storyline of the life of William Marshall through those facts. It is well written and enjoyable to read. This is the second book about William Marshall; a continuation from the first book. I had read both books years ago and so enjoyed them that I looked for and found them on Audible in order to enjoy again. The reader was good and I was pleasantly entertained during the “read.” I very much recommend both books by this author on William Marshall; the Greatest Knight.

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  • ecd
  • 2022-01-15

Addictive from start to finish

If you love history, Ms. Chadwick will transport you back in time to ride out with William, strain with Isabelle in childbirth and be grateful you're hidden in tapestries from King John's sight. This is a wonderful book based on the real life of William the Marshall, by every account, an amazing man and leader. It's one of my favorite books, a re-reader for sure. If you haven't yet read "The Greatest Knight", do read it first as it will make this even more enjoyable. And " A Place Beyond Courage" is the best one to start with so you have best grounding in William's early life.
The narrator does an excellent job of voice characterization, but I was bothered by his pronunciation of Mahelt's dolls. Poupée is pronounced " poupay" not poopee, and I was surprised that neither director nor editor picked up on such a grating mispronunciation. Other than this one annoyance, it's a beautifully written, excellently performed book.

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  • madameEmily
  • 2021-11-29

Wonderful

This is one of my favorites from Chadwick. She has a talent for bringing hard-to-reach parts of history to life. I highly recommend it.