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Fully emerged in the world of kings, queens and crusades I devoured every sentence. Well crafted, fast paced, intriguing and exciting are just a few words that come to mind. Late 12th century. We follow the Great Knight William Marshal and his men on a pilgrimage from France to Jerusalem, doing penance for losing k When Elizabeth Chadwick writes historical fiction, you know you can expect a great read and this book is no exception.
We follow the Great Knight William Marshal and his men on a pilgrimage from France to Jerusalem, doing penance for losing king Henry's son in a raid. The journey takes us through different cultures, different religions, harsh landscapes and rough situations before finally arriving in The Holy City of Jerusalem. Here we attend court, the scheming ladies, the jealous men, the love affairs and the battles with the Muslim army.
Throughout the book there's a great presence of the Templar Knights, which intrigued me most. Their total dedication to God, fight to the death without question, their support for the lesser man in society, their protection of the pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. In between the long chapters are short interludes with William in the year , on his deathbed at Caversham Manor in England, his memories from the past years playing tricks with him while under the influence of a poppy draft.
His family is nearby as he slowly succumbs to his last breath. A beautiful way to keep the reader in awe of this Great Knight.
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Templar Silks is superb historical fiction that will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended! View 1 comment.
But beyond winter came spring. He had served in every season and would continue to do so. I have been a fan for years, of all of this author's books and especially the books on William Marshal. I was excited to see that she filled in the story before The Greatest Knight began.
Trying not to spoil, but known history might be spoilers for some not familiar with Marshal's life. The story then switches back to the younger William as young King Henry has died and William makes his promised pilgrimage to Jerusalem to honor his young lord. I have been in a horrible reading slump, so that may be part of it, but the story got a bit dry at times and I found myself skimming a bit.
Still, a huge plus to have some of the unknowns filled in and fleshed out, and while we don't know what is real and not, a huge thanks to the author for the notes at the end clarifying all for the reader. Kindle copy via library loan. View 2 comments. Jan 04, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: favourites-read-in , out-inand-read. Here William looks back on his perilous pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Action and romance combine with a fantastic sense of time and place. Elizabeth Chadwick writes like few others.
She always makes me feel like I'm observing the past with my own eyes. I recently read one of Chadwick's Autumn Throne and loved it and it was recommended that I pick up the William Marshal books to read. Before I had chance to do that this latest book showed up on netgalley so in typical style I'm reading everything back to front. However with this story it doesn't matter. It's quite a self contained story that flits between Marshal's last days and memories of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
I really enjoyed the love story embedded within this both of William and the on I recently read one of Chadwick's Autumn Throne and loved it and it was recommended that I pick up the William Marshal books to read. I really enjoyed the love story embedded within this both of William and the one of his brother Ancel.
I enjoyed the relationships of William and his brother. All of it just really worked for me. There's a lot of action; it was a turbulent time. It's very easy to immerse yourself into the time and place and imagine everything as was back then. The present day moments broke the story up really well.
Overall this is a great book and now I really do need to go back and read the rest There is no doubt in my mind that Elizabeth Chadwick is the queen of historical fiction don't even think to fight me on this, lol. There's just something about her novels that feel like I'm immersed in her medieval world. She knows how to weave fact and fiction into a seamless tapestry.
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Her characters, based on real people, leap out of the dusty past and into brilliant life. Why none of her books have been optioned for a miniseries is d There is no doubt in my mind that Elizabeth Chadwick is the queen of historical fiction don't even think to fight me on this, lol. Why none of her books have been optioned for a miniseries is downright criminal. Yes, I did read this book in a day. That's how amazing it was.
How quickly I was pulled back into the pageantry, political intrigue, adventure and forbidden romance of Templar Silks. It was also a bittersweet time spent with William, older and laying in his deathbed, recalling his pilgrimage to Jerusalem. I'll miss him, but I'm sure Chadwick has plenty of stories about his children. And all this while knowing very well this woman is dangerous, using him only to satisfy her lust, only chooses to live with men of wealth and is loyal to one of his greatest enemies? How could the author imagine he could have been that stupid. And the author uses this particular imagined sordid affair as the reason that leads to him doing penance, surrenders himself to the Templar order and thus earns him the sacred silks.
But apparently his regret has not been for committing the affair but for his failure to persuade the woman to be his wife. Mar 25, Laura Tenfingers rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , britain , crusades , high-middle-ages , read-in This novel fills in the gap in time in the William Marshal novels after Young King Harry dies and before William starts gaining influence and fortune.
For those who have forgotten or haven't read the previous books, we get a recap of the sacrilegious pillaging William was reluctantly involved in and which sent him on a pilgrimage to Outremer. It's a nice visit back to the William Marshal books but in the late-Chadwick style, meaning we know people are getting down and dirty but we're not getting This novel fills in the gap in time in the William Marshal novels after Young King Harry dies and before William starts gaining influence and fortune.
It's a nice visit back to the William Marshal books but in the late-Chadwick style, meaning we know people are getting down and dirty but we're not getting every juicy detail like we would have gotten in her earlier novels. Having said that, the boy-meets-girl aspect of this novel did seem to go on a bit too long and I would have preferred those pages be filled with more information about the Templars and the overall picture of the Holy Land of the time.
We learn a fair bit about the political turmoil in Jerusalem but the overall picture could have been better painted. I did like how she portrayed his relationship with religion and pilgrimage. Overall, another good yarn. Marshal has sent one of his knights to Striguil in Wales to collect the silks he brought home from his pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
These are what he intends to be buried in. As he lies in his bed, shifting between consciousness and unconsciousness, between pain and relief, his thoughts turn to that pilgrimage. In , William Marshal was still a landless knight. Unattached, unmarried and dependent upon the patronage of others, there was no barrier to his undertaking the pilgrimage.
And now, over thirty years later, he remembers the journey, the adventures, the people he met. This lack of detail has enabled Ms Chadwick who has written several novels about William Marshal and his family to imagine how that time was spent. We meet the Patriarch of Jerusalem and his mistress, Paschia de Riveri.
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And amongst these historical figures, Ms Chadwick weaves a romance for William Marshal, and a possible explanation for decisions he makes. We know that William Marshal survived the pilgrimage, but I had to remind myself of this a couple of times. Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
Jennifer Cameron-Smith Apr 23, Geoff Boxell rated it it was amazing. Some books I read in a day or two, other take weeks. The ones that take weeks normally are either academic tomes that need serious digestion, or fiction that is only worthy of being a time filler as they have not grabbed my attention. So, why did it take a week to read Templar Silks? The problem was not just that my week was filled with other distractions, but also that I did not want to finish reading it.
It was a book to savour rather than gulp down. I first came across Elizabeth Chadwick when Some books I read in a day or two, other take weeks. I was not not overly impressed as I felt it was a love story that could have been fitted into any historical period. Also, given my own views, I felt the heroine should have poised the food she gave the Norman rather than become his lover and follow him to the northern land holding he had been given after the slaughter of its English owner seeing as he had been involved in the battle that killed her two brothers and belonged to the race that had killed her husband.
However, a chance purchase of another Chadwick novel at a book fair shewed that she was a better historical fiction writer than I had first thought. Over the past few years I have bought all her historical novels, and at full price, I hasten to add.
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Templar Silks tells the story of William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, during his time on pilgrimage and crusade in the Holy Land — a period of his life about which little is known. William, surrounded by family and comrades, lies dying and the story flicks between his death bed and his life in the Holy Land. Whilst recalling the past in his dreams Marshall hangs on to life long enough for the silk shrouds he was given when he became a secular Templar Knight to be brought to his manor at Caversham from their hiding place in Wales.
Elizabeth Chadwick is well known for her meticulous research and is well respected by all who know their history, but what impressed me most with this novel is her insight into the spiritual and religiousness not just of the period, but of William Marshall, the greatest knight, a man who made the move from secular to full Templar Knight just before he died. This novel makes understanding his total loyalty, commitment and integrity to the four Kings of England that he served so much clearer and why he came to be trusted by all he had dealings with.
In this historical fiction Ms. Chardwick sweeps us to medieval Jerusalem where William Marshal will go to save his soul but the greatest danger he will faces there is losing his heart. The story moves back in forth between England, , with William Marshal lying on his death bed looking back upon his long-ago pilgrimage with his brother Ancel to the Holy Land then it smoothly switches to Jerusalem, , where the brothers get embroiled in deadly politics, devious scheming and lusts of the powe In this historical fiction Ms.
The story moves back in forth between England, , with William Marshal lying on his death bed looking back upon his long-ago pilgrimage with his brother Ancel to the Holy Land then it smoothly switches to Jerusalem, , where the brothers get embroiled in deadly politics, devious scheming and lusts of the powerful people ruling the kingdom. Back and forth we go. The style is formal but in modern English and to be authentic to the era and the court the author leaves the names of people and place in their original French.
The factual and factious elements sit together with ease giving the feel that what you read has actually happened. Although this book is set during the Holy Wars, the story is not filled with battles but more with small personal ones. He needs to atone for his sins and find his path for the future…. The author is at her best describing Marshal himself and his relationship with his brother, in the ways she depicts the Templar as men of God, how she sets the political situation and plunges her protagonist in a dangerous romance…..
This title was previously released by Sphere Feb. Nov 26, Sue Robinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: books. What can I say? My most loved historical writer always transports me from the present to the past so effortlessly that you seem to dwell in the other place she has conjured for you for the duration of the book. I am in awe as usual. Mar 26, Debi Hawkes rated it liked it.
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For a time, numerous years ago, I read many, many Historical Fiction novels focused on the Kings, Queens, and nobility of old England. Enjoying them all. This was a wonderful opportunity to visit the period and topic. I really enjoyed learning more about the Templars and Jerusalem in the s.
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you Netgalley and publisher.. Jul 10, J. Ashman added it. Review to follow Mar 24, Cel Jel rated it really liked it. An Elizabeth Chadwick is to be released, and I contact my bookshop to have it reserved. As soon as I get a copy it moves to the top almost of the to be read pile. Especially the book about William Marshall and his years in Outremer. This is the part of William's life not covered by the chronicles in detail, and without primary documents to confirm fully dates of events.
So in this case the book is less filling in the aspects and helping flesh out the dates, but more thinking what may have happen An Elizabeth Chadwick is to be released, and I contact my bookshop to have it reserved. So in this case the book is less filling in the aspects and helping flesh out the dates, but more thinking what may have happened. I love the way that Elizabeth constructs her sentences, paragraphs and passages for they enable be to create scenic pictures well. I also love most of the story, in the complexity of politics of the area, the difficulty for newcomers working to be accepted and considered worthy to be part of the decision making.
Alternating chapters from a present where William is dying and a past where thanks to making an oath to his dying young king, William has to travel to Jerusalem and there makes his services and the services of his group available to the Primate of Jerusalem and the King of Jerusalem. The only downside in the book for me was my annoyance with the love story that was contained,not because it was not well written, nor because it was not possible, but for my annoyance at the way it developed, and the consequences it left.
Still you may well read the book, and totally disagree with me and enjoy the love story. I recommend reading this book, absolutely, every story written by Elizabeth allows you to travel in your mind and share the lives of those that went before, real and not real. I enjoyed a reread!
I could remember what was coming, but still got carried away in the description and imagery! Jun 03, Mystica rated it it was amazing. I was lucky I got this book from Netgalley because I have not had much luck with many good books I've wanted to read. Those on the wish list never come my way so this was one was a really good break for me. Told in two different time lines though in the lifetime of one person - William - the story delves into the personal and political life of both the Kings of England the political strife of Jerusalem and the difficulty in holding on to it in the face of Saladin.
Descriptive in detail from both I was lucky I got this book from Netgalley because I have not had much luck with many good books I've wanted to read. Descriptive in detail from both the workings of households in both states, to the journey itself. Perilous, facing brigands and treacherous weather it was a pilgrimage in adverse conditions and from which many did not return alive. It was also no ordinary turn around journey William and his group spent several years in Jerusalem, lived there under the patronage of eminent folk, he became a secular Templar and this added another dimension to the story.
The telling of his story towards the end of his life when death was around the corner was poignant and far sighted. A life story of great interest, the story thrown back to decades before when William was in his prime was out of a fantasy. Overcoming odds, making decisions which were vital for the groups survival were all mind blowing. I loved the juxtaposition of both history and personal melding together very well into a whole.
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