Shadows and Strongholds
Ten-year-old Brunin FitzWarin is an awkward misfit in his own family. As an act of encouragement, his father sends him to be fostered as a knight in the household of Joscelin, Lord of Ludlow. Here he meets the lord's youngest daughter, Hawise, and a strong friendship is formed. When Brunin aids... show more
Ten-year-old Brunin FitzWarin is an awkward misfit in his own family. As an act of encouragement, his father sends him to be fostered as a knight in the household of Joscelin, Lord of Ludlow. Here he meets the lord's youngest daughter, Hawise, and a strong friendship is formed. When Brunin aids his lord in supporting Prince Henry in his battle against King Stephen for the English crown, his own land comes under threat. As the war for the crown and the land rages, Brunin must defeat the shadows of his childhood and put to use all he has learned, confronting his future head on.
Publish date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
Series: The Fitzwaren Novels (#1)
This Chadwick novel tells of the early days of Fulke Fitzwarin - his training and marriage. But it is really a novel about different types of relationships between men and women. It is what makes the story compelling. You do not particularly care what happens to the contested lands, but the relat...
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 ...
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...
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...