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The Scarlet Lion

(William Marshal #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  5,346 ratings  ·  313 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published December 7th 2006 by Little, Brown & Company
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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 Claudine Baetiong
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 couldnt get enough of William Marshal. Also, I didnt 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 ...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!

Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Scarlet Lion only solidified my love of Chadwick further and reminded why I enjoyed her work so much. Chadwick weaves a captivating and all-too-real world that comes to life on every page. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction with an emphasis on history.
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Scarlet Lion is the second instalment in a two-part series, that began with the greatest knight all about William Marshal. This is a powerful story of power struggles in the royal court, fierce loyalty, duty, honour, strength and valour. The relationship between William and Isabelle de Clare, (heiress to great estates in England, Ireland and Normandy) is simply beautiful and captivating. It proves that love can endure bloodthirsty warfare, strife and struggles. Their luck and nine children
The ending was really good, very powerful. Enjoyable read.
Apr 23, 2008 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,
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 -
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 25, 2013 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.
J.P. Ashman
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Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Chadwick is considered by most historical fiction readers to be IT. Shes the top of the field. Shes the cream of the crop. And this is one instance where I agree with the popular voice. Chadwicks 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 Chadwicks William Marshal series. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I did, I was
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Scarlet Lion is a stand-alone second novel detailing the later half of William Marshals 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 the ...more
Rio (Lynne)
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow! what a book! what a man!
Gilda Felt
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew things would get even more interesting once Richard died, and I wasnt disappointed. That Marshal is soon at loggerheads with John was no surprise, yet he continues to be the loyal vassal he had been to Johns brother, Richard, and to his father, Henry. Even at Runnymede and the forcing of Johns signature on the Magna Carte, Marshal remains Johns man. Marshal is more stubbornly loyal than most.

But Marshals interaction with John is only part of the story. His wife and children play an
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
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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,
Heather C
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 dont, 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
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 Marshalls life, in The Scarlet Lion.

The Scarlet Lion covers the latter half of Williams 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
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Oh Miss Chadwick. I tried! I really, really tried! So many of my blog friends love you to pieces, and devour your books. That's why I wanted to read this one. I got to page 185 and put it down for a bit. I was a bit bored with Marshal, his wife, and passel of children. I read another book and tried to come back to the Lion, but again, no interest. I could have cared less what happened to these characters.

But the funny thing is, I do want to read the beginning of their the story, The Greatest
I picked up the preceding book The Greatest Knight, about five years ago and enjoyed the story of a young man becoming a famous knight, so I don't know why I didn't start this sooner.

Chadwick has a very clear and unobnoxious writing style, which even in the confines of medieval life doesn't confuse or seem obtuse. She covers both elegant, lavish feasts, the pain of childbirth, the passion of romance and the horrors of the battlefield in equal skill, which is a good trait in a historical fiction
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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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