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William Marshal, medieval England's greatest knight
Weatherly, Myra.
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Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds, 2001.
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.1 4.0 47567.
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DA209.P4 W43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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William Marshal traveled to the Holy Land during the Crusades, served as bodyguard to the beautiful and determined Eleanor of Aquitaine, fought with Richard the Lionhearted, and witnessed the signing of the Magna Carta. Throughout his life, Marshal remained devoted to the chivalric ideals of honesty, dignity, and faith.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. In twelfth-century England, John Marshal sent his five-year-old son William as a hostage to King Stephen, who had besieged Marshal's castle. Angered by Marshal's subsequent deceit, Stephen ordered the child hanged. Though the father refused to yield, the king spared William's life. So begins the action-packed saga of William Marshal (1147-1219), who became a knight, fought in tournaments and wars, traveled to the Holy Land, negotiated and witnessed the Magna Carta, and served as Regent of England when Henry III was crowned king at the age of nine. Though few Americans have heard of William Marshal, Weatherly refers to him as medieval England's greatest knight and makes a good case for that claim. Her account of Marshal's life is lively, informative, and full of action that pauses for a discussion of some aspect of the times: courtly love, chivalry, or the Knights Templar. Back matter includes a genealogical chart, a glossary, a bibliography, and source notes for quotations. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Written in a lively fashion, this biography recounts Marshal's life as a minor baron's fourth son, who was sentenced to death at the age of five by King Stephen because his father refused to surrender. However, the boy was not executed, and later became a skillful and courageous knight. He eventually became the Earl of Pembroke; the bodyguard for Eleanor of Aquitaine; and served four kings, Henry II, Richard, John, and Henry III. He ended his career as regent to King Henry III, ruling wisely under very dangerous circumstances resulting from the rule of King John. Quotes from historical sources give life to the narrative. Reproductions from the period provide useful points of reference and clarification. Short descriptions of events, people, or customs lend further insight. This biography not only provides information on Marshal, but also gives a thorough description of the life of a knight, tournaments, chivalry, and medieval life. A genealogical table of the family of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine is included.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.