Artist Hans Holbein is summoned to the house of Sir Thomas More to receive the commission of a lifetime. He will leave with a secret that could cost him his life. He will learn the truth about the life of King Richard III, the man that the Tudor dynasty has been at great pains to villify. From his return from exile with his brother, King Edward IV, to his rise to become the king's most loyal, most trusted, and most powerful subject. From his flourishing personal life to his seizure of the throne from his nephew.
I liked the development of Richard's character and the unfolding of the story from this point of view.
The authors attention to detail matched that of Richard. This made the impact of the twists and turns of the story so dramatic and tragic. I loved it!
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Thirteenth-century France: Bridget has grown up mastering the mystical gifts of her ancestor, Mary Magdalene, whose unbroken female lineage has kept a legacy of wisdom alive for a thousand years. But the all-powerful Catholic Church has sworn to destroy Bridget for using her healing talents and supernatural abilities. Her duty to continue the bloodline leads her into the arms of Raoul de Mountvallant – a Catholic.
Would you consider the audio edition of Daughters of the Grail to be better than the print version?
I don't know I haven't read the print version
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the characters, and finding out fascinating historical details and stories.
Which character – as performed by Nicolette McKenzie – was your favourite?
I was fascinated by them all. Horrified by the black monk.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
Detail making the story real!!
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Westminster, 1184. As a reward for loyalty to the crown, Fulke FitzWarin becomes companion to Prince John. But the FitzWarins are as proud as they are true, so when John accuses Fulke of cheating at chess, his response is inevitable - and disastrous. Thus begins a bitter and life-long personal rivalry. The FitzWarins dream of returning to their family home, Whittington, taken from them during a war.
A great story, told with all the important detail and emotion that you'd expect from Elizabeth Chadwick.
The prowess and loyalty of the great knight William Marshal have been rewarded by the hand in marriage of Isabelle de Clare. William has weathered the difficult years of King Richard's absence on crusade and is currently serving him on campaign in Normandy. But the stability William and Isabelle have enjoyed comes crashing down as Richard dies and his brother John becomes king. Rebellion stirs throughout the Angevin domains, and William and Isabelle distance themselves in Ireland.
This is a Great story, where the history is interwoven in admirably with such strong characters and events. I was so sad when it came to an end. Elizabeth Chadwick brings it so alive and compelling.
There is no favourite moment, but many intense and captivating shorter stories and moments in Williams life.
The narrator was excellent.