A Place Beyond Courage
"Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you know you are in for a sumptouous ride."—Daily Telegraph The early twelfth century is a time for ambitious men to prosper. John FitzGilbert is a man of honor and loyalty, sworn to royal service. When the old... show more
"Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you know you are in for a sumptouous ride."—Daily Telegraph The early twelfth century is a time for ambitious men to prosper. John FitzGilbert is a man of honor and loyalty, sworn to royal service. When the old king dies, his successor rewards the handsome and ambitious John with castles and lands. But King Stephen has a tenuous hold on both his reign and his barons, and when jealous rivals at court seek to destroy John, he backs a woman's claim to the crown, sacrifices his marriage, and eventually is forced to make a gamble that is perhaps one step too far. Rich with detail, masterful in its storytelling, A Place Beyond Courage is a tale of impossible gambles and the real meaning of honor. "The best writer of medieval fiction currently around."—Richard Lee, founder and publisher, Historical Novel Society "A star back in Britain, Elizabeth Chadwick is finally getting the attention she deserves here."—USA Today
Publish date: September 1st 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
Series: William Marshal (#1)
Chadwick's novel chronicles the life of William Marshal's father during the time when Christ and His Saints Slept. While the plot is rather predictable (and I really felt sorry for Aliane), Chadwick's grasp of history and vigorous writing style make it worth a read.
Add another author to my tbr list. I did enjoy this book but I found myself continually comparing it with [b:When Christ and His Saints Slept|43841|When Christ and His Saints Slept (Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1)|Sharon Kay Penman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1333577582s/43841.jpg|6417933]. ...
Loved this book! John Marshall is caught between Stephen and Matilda, not sure which side he should be on, but knowing that one way or another it could ruin his family. After a disastrous first marriage, he marries his neighbors sister and finds his soul mate. After several years and several childre...
22. Pearl Ruled: [A PLACE BEYOND COURAGE] by [[ELIZABETH CHADWICK]]Rating: 2* of five (p108)The Book Description: The early twelfth century is a time for ambitious men to prosper, and royal servant John FitzGilbert is one of them. But when the old king dies and his successor is appointed, John faces...
When I think of medieval fiction writers I think of Elizabeth Chadwick. She is the go to author for me and this was another great novel.John FitzGilbert was the father of the more famous William Marshal. But this is John's book. He was King Henry II's marshal, he was young and went for what he wante...