Also by this author: The Winter Crown: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Genres: General Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark
Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 544 Trade Paperback
Date Published: September 2011
Royal wives and royal widows, Queen Adeliza and her stepdaughter, Empress Matilda, are the only two women to be titled “Lady of the English,” a title that does not come cheap. Adeliza, widowed queen and peacemaker, is married to a warrior who supports Stephen, grandson of the Conqueror. Matilda, daughter of the last king and a fierce fighter, is determined to win her inheritance against all odds and despite all men, including Stephen. Both are women who, in their different ways, will stand and fight for what they know is right. But for Matilda, pride comes before a fall. And for Adeliza, even the deepest love is no proof against fate.
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I love the cover, well both of them – the green UK and the red US – as I feel that it truly portrays Empress Matilda. Again as I’m finding with all Elizabeth Chadwick it is a portion of history that I have never really known and want to delve further in and I find that these fiction novels are just the way to do it for me. I love how she really goes for most likely accurate portrayals. Her novels bring it all alive. I can really see what she’s drawing an imagery of and even hear things such as the wind flapping the walls of the tents.
I do have to admit that as a person I did not quite like Matilda, but then that’s not really the point. I could visualize her and follow her story and that I did love. I cannot wait for more from Chadwick in the future.
*Thanks to Sourcebooks for providing a copy for review.*
Background Clip – starts quiet, but the volume gets better
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Elizabeth Chadwick is the author of 17 historical novels, including The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion, A Place Beyond Courage, For the King’s Favor, Shadows and Strongholds, The Winter Mantle, The Falcons of Montabard, and To Defy a King, six of which have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Awards.
“A star back in Britain, Elizabeth Chadwick is finally getting the attention she deserves here”
“The best writer of medieval fiction currently around.”
—Historical Novels Review
Matilda, daughter of Henry I, knows that there are those who will not accept her as England’s queen when her father dies. But the men who support her rival Stephen do not know the iron will that drives her.
Adeliza, Henry’s widowed queen and Matilda’s stepmother, is now married to a warrior who fights to keep Matilda off the throne. But Adeliza, born with a strength that can sustain her through heartrending pain, knows that the crown belongs to a woman this time.
In the anarchy, in a world where a man’s word is law, how can Adeliza obey her husband while supporting Matilda?
How long can Matilda fight for the throne that she has struggled so bitterly to win?
“I rank Elizabeth Chadwick with such historical novelist stars as Dorothy Dunnett and Anya Seton.”
—Sharon Kay Penman, New York Times bestselling author of Devil’s Brood
“Elizabeth Chadwick is to medieval England what Philippa Gregory is to the Tudors and the Stuarts, and Bernard Cornwell is to the Dark Ages.”
—Books Monthly, UK