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by Elizabeth Chadwick

  • ISBN: 1402250894
  • Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • ePub ver: 1636 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 523
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; 36848th edition (March 1, 2011)
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  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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Preparing an extended trip to get their lands in Ireland under control, Mahelt's parents are anxious to see her married before they leave and to that end she is betrothed to Hugh Bigod, the son of Roger Bigod the powerful Earl of Norfolk.

Elizabeth Chadwick has gone on to become one of Britain's foremost historical novelists and has been called by the . To Defy A King (2010) - book about William Marshal's eldest daughter, Maud Marshal (1192 - 1248). Eleanor of Aquitaine series. The Summer Queen (2013).

Elizabeth Chadwick has gone on to become one of Britain's foremost historical novelists and has been called by the Historical Novel Society "the best writer of medieval fiction currently around".

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This story continues the story of William Marshal, but centers on his eldest daughter, Mahelt and her husband Hugh Bigod.

a historical novel set in the Plantagenet times when King John ruled England, focusing on Hugh Bigod, son of the Earl of Norfolk who marries Mehelt Marshall. This story continues the story of William Marshal, but centers on his eldest daughter, Mahelt and her husband Hugh Bigod. The central characters of the third book, "For the King's Favor", Ida and.

From acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Chadwick comes a story of huge emotional power set against the road to Magna Carta and the fight to bring a tyrant king to heel. The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal's life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brothers become hostages and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk. Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak.

The king takes her brothers hostage and Mahelt's planned marriage to Hugh Bigod, son of the Earl of Norfolk, takes place sooner than she expected. Mahelt and Hugh come to care for each other deeply, but Hugh's strict father clashes with the rebellious Mahelt. When more harsh demands from King John threaten to tear the couple's lives apart, Mahelt finds herself facing her worst fears alone, not knowing if she-or her marriage-will survive.

by Elizabeth Chadwick. series William Marshal. Books related to To Defy a King. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heartbreaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome.

Written by Elizabeth Chadwick, Audiobook narrated by Patience Tomlinson. It is a time for ambitious men to prosper, and royal servant John FitzGilbert Marshal is one of them. Raised high, as the kin of the deceased King Henry battle each other for England's throne, John reaps rich rewards but pays a terrible price for the choices he makes - as does his family. His wife, fragile, naïve Aline is hopelessly unequipped to cope with the demands of a life lived on the edge and, when John is seriously injured in battle, her worst nightmare is realised.

More Medieval Historical Fiction Titles from Elizabeth Chadwick: Lady of the English- A medieval battle of the sexes The Greatest Knight-the seldom told story of the Greatest . To Defy a King - Elizabeth Chadwick.

More Medieval Historical Fiction Titles from Elizabeth Chadwick: Lady of the English- A medieval battle of the sexes The Greatest Knight-the seldom told story of the Greatest Knight of the Middle Ages The Summer Queen a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine. What readers are saying about To Defy a King. This is truly historical fiction at its finest. An enthralling historical fiction novel with superb characters and a remarkable story.

Named the Historical Novel of the Year by the Romantic Novelist's Association in 2011, To Defy is King is a riveting novel of family loyalty and betrayal, featuring the daughter of William Marshal―one of Chadwick, and history's, most beloved characters.

The spirited daughter of England's greatest knight, Mahelt Marshal, lives a privileged life. But when her beloved father falls out with the volatile and dangerous King John, her world is shattered.

The king takes her brothers hostage and Mahelt's planned marriage to Hugh Bigod, son of the Earl of Norfolk, takes place sooner than she expected.

Mahelt and Hugh come to care for each other deeply, but Hugh's strict father clashes with the rebellious Mahelt. When more harsh demands from King John threaten to tear the couple's lives apart, Mahelt finds herself facing her worst fears alone. Caught between the family she was born in and the family she married into, Mahelt is uncertain if she―or her marriage―will survive.

Written with vivid detail and great historical accuracy, To Defy a King is an immersive historical novel of Medieval England. Fans of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Sharon Kay Penman, and Bernard Cornwall will take pleasure in this well-crafted story of a vibrant, noble woman in a tyrant's world.

What reviewers are saying about To Defy a King"...juicy chunks of violent medieval history you can enjoy in the climate-controlled safety of your own home." ―USA Today"The characters are wonderful ― fleshed out, individual, not stereotypical and graceful. The blend of action scenes and emotional scenes are well balanced."―The Maiden's Court"Not only will you feel as though you are really in the story, but you will gasp in shock, smile, chuckle here and there, and at one point, shed a tear or two."―Book Babe

What people are saying about bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick"A star back in Britain, Elizabeth Chadwick is finally getting the attention she deserves here." ― USA Today"Elizabeth Chadwick is to Medieval England what Philippa Gregory is to the Tudors and the Stuarts, and Bernard Cornwall to the Dark Ages."―Books Monthly, UK"The best writer of medieval fiction currently around." ―Historical Novels Review"Chadwick is an icon for the historical fiction community for her ability to create a believable and passionate story based around major events of the era."―The Burton Review"Breathing life into historical personages is hallmark Chadwick."―RT Book Reviews"Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you know you are in for a sumptuous ride." ―Daily Telegraph

Comments (7)

Tuliancel
This is #5 in the William Marshal series, detailing the events in the life of William Marshal in detail. Marshal is a peripheral character in this novel of his daughter's marriage and life as the wife if Hugh Bigod, eldest son of the Earl of Norfolk. The Marshalls hope to make a safe marriage for a beloved daughter, but in the trouble times of King John, there is no safety.

This novel goes into detail, almost on a daily basis, of the life of a high-class woman of her time. Her responsibilities are heavy, and at times in her husband's absence, she is forced to make decisions and live with the consequences.

The defiance of a the king refers to the barons forcing King John to sign the Magna Carta, although it may also refer to Mahelt's personal defiance of John's unwanted advances to her. In her life, one is momentous as the other. Although not quite chattel, she knows her place is to be a faithful and industrious wife to Hugh and bear him many children in the hope that enough will survive to carry on his name.

Elizabeth has a gift for filling a book with daily incidents to give the reader a sense of the life of a high-status medieval woman.
Bev
To Defy a King is the story of Mahelt, the eldest and most beloved daughter of my favorite hunk in history, William Marshal. Preparing an extended trip to get their lands in Ireland under control, Mahelt's parents are anxious to see her married before they leave and to that end she is betrothed to Hugh Bigod, the son of Roger Bigod the powerful Earl of Norfolk. While still too young for the marriage bed, Mahelt and Hugh are married and she joins the Bigods at Framlingham Castle, although the very-independent-minded Mahelt and set-in-his-ways Roger don't always see eye to eye.

When Mahelt reaches her fifteenth birthday she and Hugh are able to consummate their marriage and begin building a family together, but their happiness is ultimately threatened by the escalating tensions between King John and his barons. Hugh also has a lot of tension of his own to deal with from his half-brother William Longespée, who is quite full of himself and his relationship to the King (he is John's half-brother through his mother Ida see more about that in The Time Of Singing);

"...although for Longespée attendance on John was a validation of his royal blood and an opportunity to pose in fine clothes."

The conflicts finally lead to open revolt against the King and Mahelt finds herself torn between loyalty to the Bigods who want to oust John and her father who swore fealty to John and is honor bound to keep it. And what of her beloved brothers who have been held hostage for years by John to ensure her father's loyalty?

"Do not talk to me of God. I have been supping with the Devil...I thought I had a long enough spoon, but I was wrong."

Can Hugh keep his wife and children safe from John's clutches? Can Framlingham Castle withstand the King's army? Sorry, but that's all I'm going to tell you - read it for yourself. While the first half of the book might not be fast paced enough for some readers, I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. I loved watching the budding relationship between Hugh and Mahelt grow into a strong, loving marriage, as well as Hugh's somewhat stormy relationship with his half-brother William Longespée. As for Hugh? I'm in love again....

One of Chadwick's greatest strengths is the way she effortlessly brings the medieval period and mindset to life - from the food, clothing, sights, sounds etc. and this latest one is no disappointment. A big thumbs up on the author's notes at the end as well, I for one appreciate knowing what was real, what was surmised for the sake of the story as well as how ongoing research has affected what she's written in her previous books on the Marshal and Bigod families. 5/5 stars and a must for Chadwick fans.

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FTC, yes yes I admit it, I got an advance copy. Shoot me. I would have preordered it and just had to wait longer to read it.
Fearlesshunter
Chadwick's writing is lively and brings you right into the time and the action. Her material is well and accurately researched. This is particularly exciting to me because many of the characters in the book are my direct ancestors, so it's like getting to peek in on what the family was up to 800 years ago. Hugh and Roger Bigod and Mahault are my ancestral great-grandparents, but so are King John and William Longespee, William Marshal and many of the other characters, including the French king and his son Louis, and William de Braose and his wife and son that John starved to death in the dungeon, and the young king Henry III. It was really exciting to me to be able to have a window into the times and the lives of my ancestral family. History seemed very remote to me when I was in school, but now that I know these people were actually my relatives, it becomes a lot more important to learn it. Chadwick makes that very accessible, entertaining and pleasant. These books are definitely page-turners.
Lilegha
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book [in fact I have already listened several times]. I really like the way Elizabeth Chadwick writes and the way she makes the 12th Century come alive for her readers. Mahelt Marshal is an intriguing woman and the other characters in the book are also extremely well-developed. By the time I finished the book I felt as if I knew them all intimately. I have also listened to "The Greatest Knight" a story about William Marshal, Mahelt's father, and have ordered "The Scarlet Lion" which continues his story. I wish Elizabeth Chadwick's 3 books about Eleanor of Aquitaine were available on audiobook here in the US. If they become available on CD [or even MP3 CD], I will definitely purchase them.
I am amazed at the way the challenges facing the people of the 12th century are not so different from the challenges we face today.
Perongafa
Having been an ardent fan or Sharon Kaye Penman for many years, I was delighted to find Barbara Chadwick's books. I find the period from William the Conqueror to Henry VIII in English history fascinating. Barbara Chadwick's series on William Marshall was the best. So I'm waiting for her third book on Eleanor of Aquitaine, and in the meantime I'm reading all of her other books. To defy a king is about William Marshall's oldest daughter Mahelt or Maltilda. It is so interesting to read the different versions of all these real life people portrayed in historical novels, especially when the novelist relies on what is actually known and then fills in the rest...realizing that you are reading fiction based on fact. Ah...for a glimpse into the actual reality of what was.....but since that is not possible...these types of historical novels are the best.
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