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The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick

December 28, 2012

The Scarlet Lion is the second of two novels by Elizabeth Chadwick about the life of William Marshal and his wife, dating from 1197 to 1219 and their interesting lives living under three very different Kings. They have to adapt to the differing circumstances to keep their livelihood for both them and their numerous children.

This is a fantastic Chadwick novel, picking Isabelle and William as the subjects was an excellent choice because of their deep and rich history about them, both them and their children led very interesting lives in Medieval England, Ireland and France.


However, due to their 10 children and their fast pacing lives, the novel does get confusing. After reading the novel, I cannot remember the names of their children, nor could I during the reading. The novel spans 22 years and a lot happened during this time, because of this it is hard to keep up and I felt like I was rushed through. Having said this, the novel is full of medieval action, it keeps you clinging on and wanting more, and for Chadwick to leave any of the information out would be unfair to the historical characters.

The research on this novel is up to Chadwick’s normal standard, which is almost impeccable, which means this novel is also educational! It is a great read and worth reading through, despite the rushed manner in which the story is told, just make sure you have some time free so you can fully concentrate on your reading.

After reading The Scarlet Lion, I am a big fan of both Chadwick and William Marshal, so I will be picking up the first novel, The Greatest Knight to read very soon, to find out more about William.


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