• 12th Century,  Reviews

    review: The Lion of Justice

    The Lion of Justice by Jean Plaidy This is the story of Henry I of England, The Lion of Justice, and his wife, Edith Atheling (later called Matilda of Scotland). It begins with Henry’s brother, William Rufus on the throne,…

  • 12th Century,  Reviews

    review: The Queen’s Pawn

    The Queen’s Pawn by Christy English This debut novel, set in late Twelfth century England, covers a handful of years near the end of Henry II’s reign, in which he is fighting his three teenage sons over the power to…

  • 12th Century,  Reviews

    review: To Be Queen

    To Be Queen by Christy English This is a re-imagining of the early life and first marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Alienor, as she was known by people of her duchy, was a young girl of eight when her father…

  • 12th Century,  13th Century,  Reviews

    review: The Scarlet Lion

    review: The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick Being the sequel to The Greatest Knight, this novel covers the life of William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke from 1197 to shortly after his death in 1219. While his wife, Isabelle, is busy…

  • 12th Century,  Reviews

    review: Lady of the English

    Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick When his only son perished in a shipwreck, Henry I was forced to look elsewhere for England’s next monarch. Marrying a much younger woman did not produce another heir and so he began…

  • 12th Century,  Reviews

    review: The Greatest Knight

    The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick The Greatest Knight, set during a time when tournaments were the rage and war an unfortunate reality, spans the life and times of a humble knight who truly lived by the knight’s code of…