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In The Greatest Knight, renowned historian Thomas Asbridge draws upon the thirteenth-century biography and an array of other contemporary evidence to present a compelling account of William Marshal’s life and times. Asbridge charts the unparalleled rise to prominence of a man bound to a code of honor yet driven by unquenchable ambition.

Marshal was the true Lancelot of his era—a peerless warrior and paragon of chivalry. As a five-year-old boy, William was sentenced to execution and led to the gallows, yet this landless younger son survived his brush with death and went on to train as a medieval knight. Against all odds, Marshal rose through the ranks—serving at the right hand of five English monarchs—to become a celebrated tournament champion, a baron and politician, and, ultimately, regent of the realm.

This knight’s tale lays bare the brutish realities of medieval warfare and the machinations of royal court, and it draws us into the heart of a formative period of our history. It is the story of one remarkable man, the birth of the knightly class to which he belonged, and the forging of the English nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is medieval history at its very best—a compelling story told by a historian whose knowledge is both thorough and extensive, and whose enthusiasm for the subject rings out on every page.”

    Ian Mortimer, historian and bestselling author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England

  • “Mr. Asbridge has written a rip-roaring new life of Marshal, which will leave readers hungry…a generally splendid account of a great medieval life.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • The Greatest Knight gives us a moving portrait of one man’s struggle, ascent and final (peaceful) demise.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Asbridge has fashioned a rare and fascinating tale: a biography of a medieval knight told with all the rich detail, dialogue, and action that is usually possible only for figures from later periods. Asbridge is a wonderful guide to the complex politics and history of medieval England.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “England’s greatest knight puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to shame… A riveting new biography…Asbridge takes the reader through an eye-opening account…His account is an entertaining reminder that sometimes, the truth really is better than fiction.”

    Daily Beast

  • “On one level, this is the story of how a second son with few prospects rose to the pinnacle of chivalry, later becoming the most powerful man in England. It is also a story about how medieval knighthood worked; the interlocking web of obligation and fealty, friendship and loyalty that created the fairy-tale world of Arthur and Lancelot. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of early tournaments and the origins of chivalry will be pleased.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A valuable biography of an important figure in a distant, violent, barely comprehensible era.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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