"consterdine" wrote:AThat 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.
Thank you Consterdine,
When I began writing The Greatest Knight, I was only touching the tip of the iceberg re William Marshal and as I've written more about him and his family, I've grown to know him better. I do think he was more in touch with his feminine side - LOL - than some of his contemporaries in that his wife had a say in his counsels; she wasn't excluded from 'man' business. He was a close friend of Eleanor of Aquitaine throughout her life and I think in no small part she advanced his career - and if Eleanor liked him, then it's a good indicator. There are all sorts of little scraps and hints along his life path that on their own wouldn't amount to a hill of beans, but when you put them together, they build into a body of evidence for him being respectful, fair-minded and generous towards women of his own rank certainly. He was still very much a man of his time though. Nothing stood in the way of him marrying off his daughters to suit his political purposes, and even if Isabelle had her say, his word was the final call. She might not have wanted to give up their sons to King John, but William's will prevailed.
Now look, you've gone and got me started on William Marshal! The rational part is now dragging the fangirl away and back to what she should to be doing!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard nI 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