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The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal #3)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,928 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
The Legend of the Greatest Knight Lives On

William Marshal’s skill with a sword and loyalty to his word have earned him the company of kings, the lands of a magnate, and the hand of Isabelle de Clare, one of England’s wealthiest heiresses. But he is thrust back into the chaos of court when King Richard dies. Vindictive King John clashes with William, claims the family lands
Kindle Edition, 579 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published December 7th 2006)
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Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this. This is a wonderful tale of one of the most honorable men to grace this earth, William Marshal and his true partner in all things, his wife Isabelle. The first novel, Greatest Knight, covered more of William Marshal's early life as a knight and courtier. This novel covers his life with Isabel and the dangers and terrors of living in the court of the King John, and then as regent for the young Henry III. I have to admit shedding more than ...more
Jenny Q
I first discovered William as a minor player in Sharon Kay Penman's trilogy about Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, which is fabulous, by the way, as all of her books are. I wanted to read more about William so I picked up Elizabeth Chadwick's first novel about William Marshal, The Greatest Knight: The Story of William Marshal, which covered his young life as a knight on the tournament circuit and companion to the young King Henry. I really enjoyed it and I was surprised to discover that I enjo ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Shelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great author! After finishing The Greatest Knight earlier this month, I immediately needed to spend more time with William Marshall and learn more about his life. This is perfect, because it starts up right where the first leaves off. I didn't find it as exciting and fast-paced as The Greatest Knight, but as the story goes on it becomes so involved that you get completely taken in by William, Isabelle, their family and all the political upheaval of the time. The story progresses through W ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Allison rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical fiction with intrigue and few battles
The Scarlet Lion, sequel to The Greatest Knight, follows William Marshal and his family now that he is married and a noble landowner rather than just an honorable knight navigating the shark-infested waters of Medieval politics. The political skills he learned as a knight come in handy, but his own life is no longer the only one at stake, and family fortunes change as quickly as kings in this time period.

This book deserves a 5 star rating. It's amazingly written historical fiction - well-researc
Rosanne Lortz
Sep 09, 2011 Rosanne Lortz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Chadwick is considered by most historical fiction readers to be IT. She’s the top of the field. She’s the cream of the crop. And this is one instance where I agree with the popular voice. Chadwick’s novels are beautiful in their historical accuracy, their characterizations, and their storytelling ability.

The Scarlet Lion follows The Greatest Knight as the second book in Elizabeth Chadwick’s William Marshal series. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I did, I was h
Feb 22, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Scarlet Lion is a stand-alone second novel detailing the later half of William Marshal’s life. William Marshal used his great skills as a knight as well as his honesty and integrity to gain power and the hand of Isabelle de Claire, a very wealthy heiress. At the beginning of The Scarlet Lion, William and Isabelle are happily married and busy multiplying their family. William has not settled down as a country squire, he is always at the beck and call of King Richard helping out and leading th ...more
Rio (Lynne)
Jun 13, 2011 Rio (Lynne) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 This is the follow up to The Greatest Knight about history's most famous and honorable Knight William Marshal. The Greatest Knight covers his early years under King Henry II, Prince Henry and King Richard I. This book follows William and his wife Isabelle's turbulent years under King John. Chadwick doesn't write fluff. She not only teaches you history, she brings out all of your emotions.
Dec 26, 2013 Ernestina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After this book and the previous one (The Greatest Knight) I think I need a complete change of scenery before returning to medieval fiction/history, since it would be almost impossible for any story and any character to match up with William Marshal.
Apart from everything else, this book contains perhaps the most aching farewell I've ever read about.

P.S.: I will not miss a visit to Temple Church in my next journey to London.
Amy Bruno
Regular readers of this blog are sure to know about my literary love for Elizabeth Chadwick novels. So, it was with great delight that I settled in to read about the next chapter in William Marshall’s life, in The Scarlet Lion.

The Scarlet Lion covers the latter half of William’s life, where he is once again thrust into a role he would rather not play, but where his sense of honor and duty compel him to act. When King Richard I dies William is one of the first to pledge his loyalty to the new ki
4.5 stars
I'm trying out a new review format from Jen @ Jenny Loves To Read

1.) Reasons you chose this book

I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Chadwick's work and The Greatest Knight was one of my favourite reads in 2008. The Scarlet Lion follows on from it and I'm happy to say it lived up to my expectations. William Marshall otherwise known as the flower of chivalry, really was The Greatest Knight. His honour, courage, and integrity are well documented and not commonplace in a time of great scheming, di
To me, this book felt like I was reading one of Sharon Kay Penman's novels. There were some differences but the writing is almost similar and so is the idea of following a family through several years and how they have evolved through that time. It was an interesting historical read, I have never heard of William Marshal and it was a nice history lesson for me. The plot was well written although not as rich in history as say, for example, Sharon Kay Penman's When Christ and his Saints Slept. How ...more
The Scarlet Lion picks up shortly after The Greatest Knight leaves off. I would HIGHLY recommend that you read The Greatest Knight first! I am so glad that I found time to squeeze The Greatest Knight in. If you don’t, you will lose out on so much back-story that makes you really care about the characters and you learn the motives for many of the things that occur in this story. I have heard several people make this complaint, so I wanted to warn you right off of the top.

The Scarlet Lion takes p
Nov 13, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I pick up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel, I know that I'm in for something good. Not just good: excellent. The Scarlet Lion, which I recently got my hands on, is no exception.

Chadwick continues the story of William Marshal, who was introduced in The Greatest Knight. Though it seemed like William's world was settled at the end of the previous novel, Chadwick chronicles the latter half of William's life, his marriage to heiress Isabella de Clare, and his children's lives. Then, King Richard
Ana T.
Feb 11, 2010 Ana T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year I read the Greatest Knight, I liked it very much but somehow I was not compelled to pick up its sequel right away. Now I was looking through Elizabeth Chadwick's books trying to decide what to read for the E in the ABC Challenge and The Scarlet Lion seemed like the perfect choice.

If The Greatest Knight focused solely on William Marshall, The Scarlet Lion devotes great attention to his wife and his children. I loved it how the characters are brought to life, their problems and worries,
Feb 22, 2010 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick is more than just a novel. It is a story of one man and his honor, his dedication to family and country and to all the things that a true Knight of the Realm should be. A man that treads the fine line between wealth or poverty, high court standing or disgrace. An honor bound man that knows that patience brings rewards that could be snatched away so easily by giving into anger and impatience. This is a story that will grab you from the first word to the very ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If only history lessons at school had captured my imagination, and enthralled me in the way this author's books have.
I've found her account of the life and times of William Marshall exciting, entertaining and informative, and her attention to detail and vivid characterisations spellbinding.
Not only does she give her readers and edge of the seat account of the years in which this greatest of knights lived, she also weaves into the historical detail the tenderest of love stories.

In this, her secon
Aug 18, 2011 Tita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2011
Este livro conta-nos a história de William Marshal, com a sua mulher Isabelle, os seus filhos e a forma como lida com William lida com os reis de Inglaterra - inicialmente Ricardo e depois João.

Apesar de gostar de históricos, ainda não tinha lido nada sobre este período e gostei bastante, pois além de se focar em personagens reais, dá-nos a perspectiva da corte, das suas intrigas e a forma como William tem que "dançar" para agradar a todos, bem como algumas batalhas.

No entanto, esta não terá sid
Allison G
Sep 18, 2013 Allison G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say except "I want to marry William Marshal!" LOL This is a fabulous historical account of the history of the time period with an equally engrossing story of William Marshal and his family. He is honorable and loyal, a champion on the tourney circuit, a brave knight, a diplomat, and so much more. You have to read The Scarlet Lion but even better, start at the beginning of the series with A Place Beyond Courage when William is born near the end of the book or with The Greatest Knight w ...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
Both The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion were amazing reads. What started as a story about a young slug-a-bed knight became a sweeping epic about a family, a whole generation that sometimes depended on that one knight, the greatest knight. By the time I was finished, I knew William and Isabelle, their children, their happiness, their sorrows. I felt the rain in Ireland, the sea-sickness of the narrow sea, the dusty climate of Outremer, just as I had been there myself. Truly, Elizabeth Chadw ...more
Jan 06, 2015 K115987 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non c'è mica una trasmissione che si intitola così? Comunque è vero, William Marshall ha avuto una signora vita, e sfido chiunque a contraddirmi.
Il libro stenta un po' a partire, diciamo che ad un certo punto WM fa solo figli... poi però il simpaticissimo Giovanni Senza Terra ci mette del suo ed il ritmo si fa decisamente più incalzante. A volte durante la lettura mi sono domandata perchè nonostante tutto William sia rimasto fedele al giuramento fatto ad un re lunatico e viziato, che fa una schi
Aug 05, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Scarlet Lion is a great novel about and man who fought for his kingdom and his freedom.
This novel was the frist that i read that was written by the author. I never realy liked medival times, i always though it was a awfull time to live, but after i read this novel my view about this period of time was complety changed. She describes everything with so much details the houses, the behaviors even the battles are extremely well detailed. To me what realy supresied was the fact the even in that
Feb 04, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part II in the life of William Marshal, the greatest knight and probably the most noble man that ever walked the earth. Life as a married man and dealing with the whims of King John occupy most of William's life. Not as good as The Greatest Knight, but if you're into the Middle Ages and this time period during the reign of King John, you'll like this book. 3.5/5
Jan 30, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wished I could turn off my inner editor while reading this book, because there were multiple places where typos and even one or two repeated paragraphs distracted me from enjoying the plot and the characters. To indulge that inner editor for a moment, I thought the narration suffered a bit whenever Chadwick deviated from William and Isabelle's perspectives to someone miles away, like shifting to John when he's talking to de Forz. Omniscient narration switching between characters is all well an ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Therese rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves medieval English history

William Marshal has been said to be England's greatest knight, and with everything I have read about him, including this book, it would be hard to beat him, not only as a warrior, but more importantly as a man of honor, especially since he was a fourth son and taken hostage by Kings Stephen when he was only five years old.

Now he is in his 40s, and Richard has given him a wealthy heiress in Isabelle de Clare, in addition to granting him the earldom of Pembroke, but life doesn't stay tranquil
Feb 09, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another incredible novel from Chadwick... it is a great author that can take bones of a historical person and make the reader feel as if they know them!!! A MUST read for anyone who loves historical fiction... it just doesn't get any better!!!
Kelsey- This is what I'm reading right now, the one about the husband and wife during the reigns of King Richard and King John in England/France/Ireland. Really good so far.
Dec 30, 2014 emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roses
really enjoyed this book. the scarlet lion carries on where the greatest knight ends. can't wait to read the next book in the series.
May 09, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never been disappointed in an Elizabeth Chadwick book and this was no exception. The second book in the series of the life of William Marshall, delivers the last half of his life in her usual superb manner of description of the medieval life. The characters are not just printed words on paper, they live before your eyes, whether you like them or not, villain or hero. The lifestyle, the clothes, the manners, the politics of rank and privilege are all painted in vibrant colors and you learn about ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I didn't finish. Couldn't be bothered
Oct 28, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. That ending...

Until a couple of years ago, William Marshal was a name I wasn't familiar with. After reading A Place Beyond Courage, The Greatest Knight, and now The Scarlet Lion, it is a name that brings to mind the greatest of knights, a man of honor, every girl's dream of a knight in shining armor. It is a name of greatness.

I first stumbled across Elizabeth Chadwick's books a couple of years ago when I was looking for something to read that would go along with my excitement over going to
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 24, 2015 05:43PM  
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Best selling historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel The Wild Hunt. She has been shortlisted for the UK's mainstream Best Romantic Novel of the Year Award 4 times and longlisted twice. Her novel The Scarlet Lion about the great William Marshal and his wife Isabelle de Clare, has been selected by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one ...more
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William Marshal (5 books)
  • A Place Beyond Courage (William Marshal, #1)
  • The Greatest Knight (William Marshal, #2)
  • The Time of Singing (William Marshal #4) (Bigod #1)
  • To Defy a King (William Marshal #5)

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