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To Defy a King

Written by: Elizabeth Chadwick
Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
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The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal’s life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brothers become hostages, and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk.

Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heart-breaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome….

©2010 Soundings (P)2010 Elizabeth Chadwick

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  • Compute
  • 2015-08-21

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This is by far the best of the William Marshal series. The way Elizabeth Chadwick tells the story of Mahelt Marshal enables her to become real, to simply step off the pages and begin telling you her life, her loves and her challenges. I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one got it unhesitatingly. At the conclusion of the story I simply smiled and thought, what a wonderful book. Yes, Ms. Chadwick has become one of my favorite authors.

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  • Kathryn
  • Salem, MO, United States
  • 2012-01-10

Excellent Story. Well told.

This is a good story and was well told. It kept my attention and did not violate the known facts of the life of William Marshall.

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  • Panthea14
  • Australia
  • 2012-04-18

Fabulous story, annoying narration

Would you consider the audio edition of To Defy a King to be better than the print version?

No, because the narration, I felt, detracted from the story.

How could the performance have been better?

It was the irritating voices the narrator felt she had to put to the characters...Mahelt was all high and little girly and Hugh and the other men, a gruff "woman pretending to be a man" voice. Very distracting!

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

The powerful relationship between Hugh and Mahelt really carried the story.

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  • C. Abbott
  • USA
  • 2018-11-18

Very disappointing end to series

It's quite jarring to encounter a female reader after the previous three books were narrated by the same man. I have found that men can perform female voices better than women can perform male voices. But the most jarring and disappointing aspect in this one was the lack of sympathetic main characters and the abrupt change in the relationships from the previous book. Mahelt was portrayed quite sympathetically and engagingly in Book 3, as was Ida. But in Book 4, Mahelt is a shrieking, unaware harridan and her mother-in-law, Ida, one of the main characters in Book 3, is a whining, emotional wreck. In addition, Ida and Roger's relationship did a complete reversal from Book 3 without any explanation. I found myself constantly annoyed at all of these issues while listening and nearly removed it from my device several times out of frustration. The quality of Mrs. Chadwick's writing is excellent, as always, but the story was like an after thought, an excuse to continue with William Marshall's story, even though he figured very little in it, and no history of any consequence was portrayed. The series could have successfully ended with Book 3.

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  • Aubrey Wynne
  • 2017-09-26

Loved learning about Marshall's daughter.

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I loved learning about William Marshal's daughter and more about his grown children. It was interesting to see how things progressed in the world outside of his realm. I think Maheldt did her parents proud.

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  • Bella
  • 2017-02-26

Chadwick

not one of Chadwick s better novels. Historical, but not a fast-paced piece of writing.

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