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The Greatest Knight/The Scarlet Lion

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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Tue July 21st, 2009, 7:33 pm

Thanks Em, and welcome to the forum.
Sorry about the 'jibbering wreckedness'! :D
The December issue is one of my earlier novels, so slightly different in feel to the Marshal ones i.e. the lead players are imaginary. It was fun revisiting it last year to edit. It had been a while since I'd looked at it and I couldn't remember what happened!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

www.elizabethchadwick.com

sharon
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The Greatest Knight

Postby sharon » Fri August 21st, 2009, 9:50 pm

Hi, everyone.
I wanted to spread the good news for those who have not heard. September 1st is the American pub. date for Elizabeth's The Greatest Knight. We can thank Sourcebooks for realizing she has so many American fans.
Sharon

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JaneConsumer
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Postby JaneConsumer » Fri August 21st, 2009, 9:59 pm

It's about time. Kudos!

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Ludmilla
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Location: Georgia USA

Postby Ludmilla » Fri August 21st, 2009, 10:09 pm

My local bookstore must have put it out early. I was in there buying something else on Saturday and it was on the new paperback table, so of course added it to my pile of purchases. :)

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Fri August 21st, 2009, 11:25 pm

Good news for US readers, EC's books are hard to come by here. Hope to see lots of new fans.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Sat August 22nd, 2009, 12:01 am

Thanks chaps. :o

Also to say while I'm here and Sharon having dropped in, I should be hosting an interview with Sharon on my blog soonish - like in the next couple of weeks. I'm really looking forward to what she's going to say re her work!
Les proz e les vassals

Souvent entre piez de chevals

Kar ja li coard n’I chasront



'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'


Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal



www.elizabethchadwick.com

consterdine
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The Greatest Knight - My 1st EC

Postby consterdine » Sat August 22nd, 2009, 10:08 pm

I started The Greatest Knight on monday and will finish it tonight. I've read it in every spare moment I've had. What a great read it is! I recommend EC to anyone who wants this era of history brought to life or who loves a rollicking good read.

The real pleasure for me is that it puts flesh on the bones of historical figures that all too often seem very dry and one dimensional in standard historical texts.

The reign of Henry II is one of the strangest times in British history and Eleanor is a figure that has been too long in the shadows. A strong, 'modern' matriarch with style, a beating heart and a joy de vivre. Why aren't we told that these women existed?

As for the writing, the character of William Marshal is beautifully crafted through his good fortune, misfortunes and courtly sophistication. That this medieval man is so in touch with his feminine side may be a contemporary twist but it enables an inspiring, intriguing and almost irresistable character to emerge.

Overall the writing transports the reader and weaves a wondrous world that you can immerse yourself in. Thank you Elizabeth for a beautifully told story.

Ash
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Location: Arizona, USA

Postby Ash » Sat August 22nd, 2009, 10:42 pm

"consterdine" wrote:The reign of Henry II is one of the strangest times in British history and Eleanor is a figure that has been too long in the shadows. A strong, 'modern' matriarch with style, a beating heart and a joy de vivre. Why aren't we told that these women existed?
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Interested why you'd think the first, and wondering if Eleanor has been in the shadows. Seems like of all the non Tudor queens written about, she gets quite a bit of press. As to your last question - its like anything else, often what we don't know is something we just discover ourselves, and sometimes thats half the fun!

consterdine
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Postby consterdine » Mon August 24th, 2009, 12:28 am

"Ash" wrote:Interested why you'd think the first


If by this you mean, Why do I think the reign of Henry II was amazing I'd say it's because he had 4 feuding sons and, remarkably(?), crowned one of them King while he was still King. Add the Anarchic years preceding him and then Eleanor into the mix and I think it gets quite interesting :-)

You're right that finding stuff out for yourself is half the fun but as a father of a 7 year old girl I'm constantly looking for strong felmale figures and role models that will allow her to feel the freedom and self-determination that is rightly hers, just, at the start of C21!

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Tanzanite
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Postby Tanzanite » Mon August 24th, 2009, 12:48 am

"consterdine" wrote:You're right that finding stuff out for yourself is half the fun but as a father of a 7 year old girl I'm constantly looking for strong felmale figures and role models that will allow her to feel the freedom and self-determination that is rightly hers, just, at the start of C21!


At the risk of going off -topic, the best role models to provide this are you and her mother and in particular in the way that you treat your daughter as she grows up as well as how you treat the other women in your life. If she sees that the man she admires and loves the most treats her and women in general with respect and the belief that they are in charge of their own lives, she will grow up believing it and will accept nothing less from anyone, including potential boyfriends or husbands.


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