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Shadows and Strongholds - Elizabeth Chadwick
Shadows and Strongholds
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A medieval tale of pride and strife, of coming-of-age in a world where chivalry is a luxury seldom afforded, especially by men of power.England, 1148---ten-year-old Brunin FitzWarin is an awkward misfit in his own family. A quiet child, he is tormented by his brothers and loathed by his powerful... show more
A medieval tale of pride and strife, of coming-of-age in a world where chivalry is a luxury seldom afforded, especially by men of power.England, 1148---ten-year-old Brunin FitzWarin is an awkward misfit in his own family. A quiet child, he is tormented by his brothers and loathed by his powerful and autocratic grandmother. In an attempt to encourage Brunin's development, his father sends him to be fostered in the household of Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. Here Brunin will learn knightly arts, but before he can succeed, he must overcome the deep-seated doubts that hold him back.Hawise, the youngest daughter of Lord Joscelin, soon forms a strong friendship with Brunin. Family loyalties mean that her father, with the young Brunin as his squire, must aid Prince Henry of Anjou in his battle with King Stephen for the English crown. Meanwhile, Ludlow itself comes under threat from Joscelin's rival, Gilbert de Lacy. As the war for the crown rages, and de Lacy becomes more assertive in his claims for Ludlow, Brunin and Hawise are drawn into each other's arms.Now Brunin must defeat the shadows of his childhood and put to use all that he has learned. As the pressure on Ludlow intensifies and a new Welsh threat emerges against his own family's lands, Brunin must confront the future head on, or fail on all counts....
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780312349240 (0312349246)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 568
Edition language: English
Series: The Fitzwaren Novels (#1)
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Blodeuedd
Blodeuedd rated it
4.0 Shadows and Strongholds
I do love Chadwick's books. There is just this feel to them. They even make me want to live in that age. Even if I totally would have been dead by now.This on is about Brunin FitzWarin, another character found in the mists of time. He was sent away for fostering, grew up and married the daughter of ...
drey's library
drey's library rated it
5.0
Elizabeth Chadwick’s historical fiction novels are always an impressive melding of complicated characters with a strong sense of honor and times of turmoil, and Shadows and Strongholds is no different. Thrones are fought over, as are borders and castles. Loyalty is expected, sometimes rewarded, ofte...
Tuck's Book Nook
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**3.5**
TeaPartyPrincess
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5.0 Shadows and Strongholds: A Novel
This was the first of Chadwick's books that I picked up and it started a love affair with early medieval history. It's a long book, but I devoured it in less than four days, staying up late and waking up early, reading on the bus and the train and even as I walked.It's a complex story that starts at...
misfitandmom
misfitandmom rated it
A wonderful coming of age story. This book is the story of Fulke "Brunin" Fitzwarin, taking him from childhood to his manhood. As a young boy, Brunin withdraws into himself to avoid the pain from his domineering overbearing grandmother, and his father sends him to train as a squire to Joscelin de Di...
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