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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Chadwick Narrator: Patience Tomlinson Publisher: Soundings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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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. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heart-breaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome .

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jemidar | 2/20/2014

    " Buddy read with Anna :-). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 2/20/2014

    " Traveling the English and French countrysides with King John is perilous at best yet somehow Mahelt's brothers and father, her husband, Hugh, and the king manage to coexist in this dangerous world. When Mahelt went to the Bigood household to become Hugh's wife, she found she was no longer the cherished firstborn whose every wish seemed to be her father's command. Spirited, lovely, and determined she eventually establishes peace between her husband's father and herself, growing to love her husband deeply. Meanwhile, the king murders those who oppose him, takes hostages from families he distrusts including Mahelt's brothers, and covets the wives of his subjects. Public support gradually erodes until one nobleman after another become disenchanted with his broken promises and philandering. What will happen to Mahelt and her loved ones in this tempestuous era? Upon finishing this read, I found the author's comments entertaining and I believe that Chadwick will continue with another novel with Mahelt as the heroine. A fine novel written by a most talented and creative author. Read it and see for yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Jacobson | 2/11/2014

    " Outstanding book. The two main characters, Hugh and Mahelt, are so well written you do not realize how young they are. She tells their story beautifully as you watch them grow into adulthood and raise a family of their own. Chadwick so subtlly writes about King Johns evil deeds you do not realize how awful he was as a king. Highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annaleemb | 2/1/2014

    " This was a really good historical read. It was great to see a strong woman despite the fact that she was living in a time that women's opinions were not heard by men. At some points it does drag and can be a bit predictable, but I enjoyed it overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izzy | 1/31/2014

    " Loved it! Must look into more of EC's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Brown | 1/29/2014

    " The same era told from a different view point. King John is still a thoroughly despicable character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Balconi | 1/15/2014

    " Chadwick does an excellent job with a follow up for the Greatest Knight. This book was fabulous - felt like you were stepping back in time. I loved how Chadwick continued the story of the Marshall that served the 1st King Henry and his sons. The Marshall was a key component to the success of this line of kings. Hence, his daughter was an image of him - moreso then his sons it seems. The story is longer, there are some parts of the politics that were a little over done, but overall the story is fantasic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 1/14/2014

    " This was an awesome book. I would highly recommend. I love the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/24/2013

    " very good historical fiction. i enjoyed the writing and the time period. and it wasn't overdone with facts and descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelynn | 10/20/2013

    " Not Chadwick's best book, but still a fantastic read. I felt I was able to associate with Mahelt much more than some of the other female protagonists as she seemed to act much as I would have in the various situations she found herself in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TheFountainPenDiva | 9/5/2013

    " The story of William Marshal and Isabelle de Clare's oldest daughter Mahelt. Excellent as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen S | 7/30/2013

    " A good old fashioned return to my roots in romantical-historical fiction. This was a bit too repetitive in some of the descriptions for me (how many times to you need to tell me her hair was thick and luxurious and like a waterfall?), but a nice summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 This Wishful Lamb | 12/18/2012

    " Very good book, loved the characters, slow in some parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantelle | 12/16/2012

    " Thank you, free kindle books. Really enjoyed this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farzana | 10/2/2012

    " Not as addictive as the earlier William marshal books were hence it took me a wee bit longer to finish it. I preferred William's point of view while his daughter Mahelt was interesting some of the 'womanly' scenes were just plain boring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/31/2012

    " Another saga in Chadwick's William Marshal chronicles. Although this one centers on the less-interesting younger generation, it is still full of the kind of details about life in the Middle Ages that make this author's books so much fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathie | 8/23/2012

    " I was so pleased with this novel about Mahelt Marshall and Hugh Bigod. Elizabeth Chadwick is one of my favorite authors and a must buy anytime one of her books is published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lin | 1/27/2012

    " My friends all loved this book, but I didn't, it was O.K. definitely not in the same class as Elizabeth Chadwick's pevious books on William Marshall. Mahelt was so busy being "defiant" she never found time to be happy. I felt like shaking her at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 12/20/2011

    " What an amazing and riveting book! I was so sorry to say goodbye to Mahelt and Hugh. This is definitely a keeper to read again in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 12/19/2011

    " I can't deny it - I'm still not tired of the British royalty historical novel (as long as it doens't concern Henry VIII or Anne Boleyn). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/8/2011

    " Another incredible novel by Chadwick!!! Love, love, love her... she is one of the BEST historian fiction writers ever!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenna | 11/21/2011

    " I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more had I not just finished EC's Marshall trilogy and For the King's Favor. They all cover about the same time period so there was a lot of repetition. Very well written though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/4/2011

    " Another great book by Elizabeth Chadwick. I'm beginning to feel as though I've known these people all my life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/15/2011

    " This is another great book from Ms Chadwick. What can I say she has a way of bringing her characters for life and keeps you reading until you run out of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robia | 4/26/2011

    " Great book! It was very detailed and the plot was amazing. The details about Hugh's and Mahelt's relationship was exceptional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keziah | 4/22/2011

    " Ok. A bit slow, but I found myself looking up various historical bits and pieces I had forgotten about. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 4/10/2011

    " Very well done historical novel! Enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/6/2011

    " I may be getting tired of the Chadwick oeuvre; not as exciting as the Marshall books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 4/4/2011

    " This was a solid four star historical fiction for me. I plan on reading more of Chadwick's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantelle | 4/1/2011

    " Thank you, free kindle books. Really enjoyed this. "

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