The Greatest Knight

Author: Thomas Asbridge

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471139514

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 8406

‘A rip-roaring new life of Marshal … [a] splendid account of a great medieval life' Dan Jones, author of Crusaders ‘A thoroughly entertaining account of England’s most colourful and courageous medieval knight’ Sunday Times Drawing upon an array of contemporary evidence, renowned historian Thomas Asbridge’s authoritative and dramatic account brings to life the often overlooked figure of William Marshal, a man who not only served at the right hand of five English monarchs but also helped negotiate the terms of Magna Carta. Charting the unparalleled rise to prominence of a man bound to a code of honour, yet driven by unquenchable ambition, this knight's tale lays bare the brutish realities of medieval warfare and the machinations of the royal court, and draws us into the heart of a formative period of our history: when the West emerged from the Dark Ages and stood on the brink of modernity. Friend of Richard the Lionheart and the infamous King John and, ultimately, regent of the realm, this is the story of one remarkable man and the forging of the English nation. ‘Skilfully done...a powerful cast of characters that fascinates still’ TLS ‘The medieval last comes touchingly to life’ Spectator

Lancelot: The Greatest Knight in Camelot | Children's Arthurian Folk Tales

Author: Baby Professor

Publisher: Speedy Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1541907841

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 40

View: 8426

Did you know that the Arthurian Folk Tales are some of the most well-known stories in the history of literature? And there’s good reason for that! You see, these stories consist of romance, adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. In this book, we’re going to read about Lancelot. Are you ready?

The Greatest Knight

Author: Elizabeth Chadwick

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748113045

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 7161

'An author who makes history come gloriously alive' The Times 'Stunning' Barbara Erskine ***Elizabeth's new novel TEMPLAR SILKS is OUT NOW in hardback, ebook and audio, and available to pre-order in paperback.*** ************************************ Normandy, 1167 A penniless young knight with few prospects, William Marshal is plucked from obscurity when he saves the life of Henry II's formidable queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In gratitude, she appoints him tutor to the heir to the throne. However, being a royal favourite brings its share of conflict and envy as well as fame and reward. William's influence over the volatile, fickle Prince Henry and his young wife is resented by less favoured courtiers who set about engineering his downfall. In a captivating blend of fact and fiction, Elizabeth Chadwick resurrects one of England's greatest forgotten heroes, restoring him to his rightful place at the apex of the Middle Ages. Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick 'Enjoyable and sensuous' Daily Mail 'Stunning grasp of historical details... Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable' Barbara Erskine 'Meticulous research and strong storytelling' Woman & Home 'A sumptuous ride' Daily Telegraph

King John, Henry III and England’s Lost Civil War

Author: John Paul Davis

Publisher: Pen and Sword History

ISBN: 1526750082

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 7188

In 1204, the great Angevin Empire created by the joining of the dynasties of Henry II of England and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was fragmenting. At its height, the family landholdings had been among the largest the world had ever seen. From the border of England and Scotland in the north to south of the Pyrenees, it seemed there was nowhere in Europe destined to escape Plantagenet control. Yet within five years of his accession, King John’s grip on the family holdings was loosening. Betrayal against his father and brother, the murder of his nephew, and breaking promises made to his supporters were just some of the accusations levelled against him. When Philip II conquered Normandy, the chroniclers believed that an ancient prophecy was fulfilled: that in this year the sword would be separated from the sceptre. For the first time since 1066, England’s rule over the ancestral land was over. For John, troubles on the continent were just the beginning of a series of challenges that would ultimately define his reign. Difficult relations with the papacy and clergy, coupled with rising dissent among his barons ensured conflict would not be limited to the continent. When John died in 1216, more than half of the country was in the hands of the dauphin of France. Never had the future of the Plantagenet dynasty looked more uncertain. As the following pages will show, throughout the first eighteen years of the reign of Henry III, the future direction of England as a political state, the identity of the ruling family and the fate of Henry II’s lost empire were still matters that could have gone either way. For the advisors of the young king, led by the influential regent, William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, the effects of John’s reign would be long and severe. Successful implementation of the failed Magna Carta may have ensured his son’s short-term survival, yet living up to such promises created arguably a more significant challenge. This is the story of how the varying actions of two very different kings both threatened and created the English way of life, and ultimately put England on the path to its Lost Civil War.

The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight

Author: Gerald Morris

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618737482

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 310

View: 7832

Determined to find the knight responsible for the terrible deaths of her mother and the Jewish peddler who had given them a home, thirteen-year-old Sarah is helped in her quest by a strange old woman, a magical sword, a young faery, and an unkept knight with little armor and no horse. Reprint.

The Orphaned Knight

Author: Eric Varma

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595327095

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 8971

Doesn't every child dream of becoming a famous knight with an enormous kingdom to rule over? The Orphaned Knight is about two children, Alexander and Christopher, who fulfill this dream by wearing helmets, one white and the other black, that instantaneously transform them into full-grown knights. But this is not without consequences, for now they must bear the responsibilities that go along with being an adult, with being a knight, and eventually, with ruling a kingdom. But worst of all, the black helmet is transforming Christopher into a ruthless murderer. Enter Caviant. It is a world filled with comical dragons, fairies that dwell in shadows, wolves that speak and walk through walls, small towns and vast cities, abandoned castles, and a precise history that explains them all. It is a world filled with emotions that range from adult and childish love, to adult and childish hatred. Get ready for a novel that has vivid and yet simple descriptions, lively characters that mature as the pages turn, and an ending that will bring everything together and will leave you desperately yearning for book two.

Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

Author: Richard Kaeuper

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 019154275X

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 4767

Medieval Europe was a rapidly developing society with a problem of violent disorder. Professor Kaeuper's original and authoritative study reveals that chivalry was not simply part of the solution. Chivalry praised heroic violence by knights, and fused such displays of prowess with honour, piety, high status, and attractiveness to women. Though the vast body of chivalric literature, here examined, praises chivalry as necessary to civilization, most texts also worry over knightly violence, criticize all ideals and practices of chivalry, and often propose reforms. The knights themselves joined the debate, absorbing some reforms, ignoring others, sometimes proposing their own. Complexity likewise characterized the interaction of chivalry with major governing institutions ("church" and "state") emerging at the same time: kings and clerics both needed and feared the force of knighthood. This fascinating book lays bare the conflicts and paradoxes surrounding the concept of chivalry in medieval Europe.

King Arthur and His Knights, The Champions of the Round Table & Sir Launcelot and His Companions: Complete Camelot Series

Author: Howard Pyle

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8027242010

Category: Fiction

Page: 818

View: 1539

This ebook collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. "The Story of King Arthur and His Knights" - First part of the book tells how young Arthur pulled a sword out of an anvil, how he learned of his royal lineage, and how he thus became king. Second part tells the stories of Merlin, Sir Pellias, Sir Gawaine and other noble knights. "The Story of the Champions of the Round Table" consists of many Arthurian legends, including those concerning of the young Sir Lancelot, Sir Tristan, and Sir Percival. "The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions" consists of a large series of episodes in the legend of the chief knight of the Round Table, Sir Lancelot, and many of his friends, including the Lady Elaine, Sir Ewaine, and Sir Gareth.

Narrative Subversion in Medieval Literature

Author: E.L. Risden

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476625867

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 7597

A story that follows a simple trajectory is seldom worth telling. But the unexpected overturning of narrative progress creates complexity and interest, directing the reader’s attention to the most powerful elements of a story. Exile, for example, upsets a protagonist’s hopes for a happy earthly life, emphasizing spiritual perception instead. Waking life interrupts dreams, just as dreams may redirect how one lives. Focusing on medieval literature, this study explores how narrative subversion works in such well known stories as Beowulf, Piers Plowman, Le Morte D’Arthur, The Canterbury Tales, Troylus and Criseyde, “Völuspá” and other Old Norse sagas, Grail quest romances, and many others.