"Ash" wrote:Thanks lil - tho I think for the time being I'm going to stick with CA - it actually has the dollar higher than the CA$! (by a few pennies, but still)
One thing that did bother me in this book, was Marshalls perfection. It wasn't enough to make me dislike the book, but enough that as I finished the book, I thought about more. He obviously had internal turmoil, which helped develop his character, and I liked his love/hate relationship with his older brother. But there were times I wanted him to really screw up (yes he did at the raid on the church, by being passive). He obviously went to Jerusalem to pay for his sins, and that was very believable. But esp when he was married to Isabel, it started not to ring true (didn't help that I thought she seemed too perfect as well). That being said, the characterizations in this book were right on, and I like the story of Marshall enough to check out the other two books. I suspect that he might not be such a knight in shining armour on a white horse a little later?
All I can say is I wrote as I found from my research. Granted the Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal is somewhat biased as a source being as it was commissioned by his son, but I did factor in other sources too where available and tried to stay true to the people they showed me. Interestingly, I had a review from a reader who said that I had portrayed the Marshal as way not perfect enough and I had made him too tarnished and sordid!
I think you will find later on that William does have some grey areas develop on his white horse. I guess if I had written the chevauchee expeditions of the war of 1173, a different side would have been more openly exposed but it was a matter of fitting it into a novel where I had publisher word constraints. Given the room I would have explored that aspect. I've been very slowly researching his pilgrimage and one day may write about it, but 'slowly' is the operative word! I think it fascinating that he bought his own burial shrouds while he was there...
I've just put a short article on my blog about his daughter, Mahelt.