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The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal #3)

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Following early beginnings as a knight in the English royal household and a champion of the tourneys, William Marshal's prowess and loyalty have been rewarded by the hand in marriage of Isabelle de Clare, heiress to great estates in England, Normandy and Ireland. Now a powerful magnate, William has weathered the difficult years of King Richard's absence on crusade and is c ...more
Paperback, 579 pages
Published May 5th 2007 by Sphere (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
Krista Baetiong Tungol
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical aficionados
I immediately picked this book right after finishing The Greatest Knight because I couldn’t get enough of William Marshal. Also, I didn’t want to burst my medieval 'happy bubble' just yet. After learning about William as a young knight and courtier, I was eager to know how Elizabeth Chadwick would carry on with the narration of his incredible life, this time around from adulthood to old age.

As always, the author has me enraptured by the brilliance of her storytelling. Her writing style is clear,
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
I'm in love with the William Marshal series!

This book is amazing, beautiful and inspiring, especially because it's based on real historical characters and events. I've read over 600 pages in less than two days and I still want more!

Dec 30, 2011 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
Ana T.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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,
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rosanne Lortz
Aug 26, 2011 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 16, 2010 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 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.
Nancy Ellis
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book more than five stars! It was truly amazing and so beautifully written. She has the power to bring to life the times of William Marshal and all the kings he served. By the end of the book, I felt as if I had known all of them personally and had lived through their heroic struggles. I feel very fortunate that I have many more of her books yet to read.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow! what a book! what a man!
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of William Marshal before reading these books and found him to be an extraordinary person both in his youth and in his later life. After reading "The Greatest Knight", I wanted to read more about this incredible man.
This book picks up the second half of Sir William Marshal's life. By the time I reached the end of this book I felt like the Marshal family were my friends. I have enjoyed biographies - as they roll out history behind the person's life story, but this was more than
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
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
Jan 26, 2010 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 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved every page of this novel which depicts the second half of William Marshal's story, perhaps even more than I did the first novel "The Greatest Knight". In this novel we are shown a somewhat altered man; after weathering so many storms in his volatile youth, Marshal wishes for peace and security for himself and his family. However, King John decides this is not to be and tests Marshal almost to the end of his strength. The bond between Marshal and his wife Isabelle de Clare is shown to be ...more
Apr 04, 2011 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
Feb 21, 2012 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
I read The Greatest Knight earlier this year and absolutely loved it! The Scarlet Lion shows us more mature Marshal and the book also focuses more on his wife Isabelle and their children.

After King Richard’s untimely death John gets the crown and he certainly won’t make life easy for Marshal family. William’s and Isabelle’s marriage has some rough times when John takes theit two eldest sons as hostages. I love how their marriage is portrayed and how Isabelle is more than just her husband’s posse
Jul 26, 2010 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
Aug 29, 2013 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
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This is the delightful and fast-paced sequel to The Greatest Knight about the latter years of William Marshal. The book begins with the birth of William and Isabel's 4th child(by book end they will have had 10).William, Isabel and their children will have to face many hard years living in trepidation under the thumb of King John. A great historical read that will might just have you sobbing by books end.
Kristen McQuinn
This was the second book of William Marshal's life, following The Greatest Knight. This one focused more on his middle and later years as an earl through good times and bad, and his eventual position as regent of England to the young King Henry III.

And I was reading the final pages while sitting in the waiting room at the dealership, waiting for my car, and had to do deep breathing to keep from bursting into tears.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in medieval history, chivalry or simply
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
Feb 10, 2010 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
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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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“There will be a great hole in the fabric of my being when he is gone, but not as great a hole as the one had I not known him.” 4 likes
“[In reference to King John] "But his moods are fickle and he trusts no one. He wants others to love him and he tries to make them do it, but he's watching them all the time."
She moved round to face him and caught the bleak misery in his expression that he hadn't been swift enough to conceal.
"He surrounds himself with mercenaries and paid men who will do whatever he commands and agree with him whatever he says or does," Will said, dropping his gaze.”
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