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A thrillingly intimate portrait of one of history's most illustrious knights—William Marshal—that vividly evokes the grandeur and barbarity of the Middle Ages.

Full Synopsis
In The Greatest Knight, renowned historian Thomas Asbridge draws upon the thirteenth-century biography and an array of other contemporary evidence to present a compelling account of William Marshal's life and times. Asbridge charts the unparalleled rise to prominence of a man bound to a code of honor yet driven by unquenchable ambition.

Marshal was the true Lancelot of his era—a peerless warrior and paragon of chivalry. As a five-year-old boy, William was sentenced to execution and led to the gallows, yet this landless younger son survived his brush with death, and went on to train as a medieval knight. Against all odds, Marshal rose through the ranks—serving at the right hand of five English monarchs—to become a celebrated tournament champion, a baron and politician, and, ultimately, regent of the realm.

This knight's tale lays bare the brutish realities of medieval warfare and the machinations of royal court, and draws us into the heart of a formative period of our history. It is the story of one remarkable man, the birth of the knightly class to which he belonged, and the forging of the English nation.

"Readers seeking a deeper understanding of early tournaments and the origins of chivalry will be pleased." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"Perkins's voice has something of the medieval in it, and he easily fills the contours of a narrative that ranges from the manufacture of knight's armor to its bloody use on the field of battle." ---AudioFile

"The strength of this work is the depiction of the early formation of the concept of knighthood and the unromantic life of a professional warrior." ---Publishers Weekly

"A valuable biography of an important figure in a distant, violent, barely comprehensible era." ---Kirkus

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Library Journal Review

The Greatest Knight

The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones

Author Thomas Asbridge

Narrated by Derek Perkins

Publication date Mar 10, 2015

Running time 14 hrs 29 min

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