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Author: Elizabeth Chadwick
ISBN: 0312349246
Language: English
Pages: 576 pages
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 29, 2005)
Rating: 4.2
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Shadows and Strongholds: A Novel Hardcover – November 29, 2005. Set in England in 1148, Chadwick’s historical coming-of-age novel follows the grueling life of tormented 10-year-old Brunin FitzWarin as he makes the journey to becoming a war hero

Shadows and Strongholds: A Novel Hardcover – November 29, 2005. by. Elizabeth Chadwick (Author). Set in England in 1148, Chadwick’s historical coming-of-age novel follows the grueling life of tormented 10-year-old Brunin FitzWarin as he makes the journey to becoming a war hero. He is bullied by his older brothers and verbally abused by his grandmother, while his submissive mother sits in the shadows, until his father, having survived an assassination attempt by cohorts of his enemy, Gilbert de Lacy, decides to send Brunin away to live with Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow.

USA Today"Elizabeth Chadwick is to Medieval England what Philippa .

USA Today"Elizabeth Chadwick is to Medieval England what Philippa Gregory is to the Tudors and the Stuarts, and Bernard Cornwall to the Dark Ages. -Books Monthly, UK"The best writer of medieval fiction currently around. Written with vivid detail and great historical accuracy, Shadows and Strongholds is a captivating historical novel of Medieval England. Fans of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Sharon Kay Penman, and Bernard Cornwall will be hooked on this well-crafted medieval tale of pride, loyalty, and conflict as one man fights the shadows of his past and his future.

Ships from and sold by second nature books. Her first novel, The Wild Hunt, won a Betty Trask Award, and The Scarlet Lion was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society, as one of the top ten historical novels of the last decade. Elizabeth's nineteenth novel, To Defy a King, won the RNA Historical Novel Prize in 2011.

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Shadows and Strongholds book. Shadows and Strongholds was not only my first ever Elizabeth Chadwick read (I know, where have I been?!) but my first read of a twelfth century novel, and I LOVED it. Elizabeth Chadwick's storytelling is second to none, and the era came alive on every page. This is the earliest Elizabeth Chadwick novel I’ve read, which makes it an interesting comparison with later works, especially those set in the same conflict.

Shadows and Strongholds is a tale of earning your place and finding your way home. e;Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you know you are in for a sumptuous ride. e;-Daily Telegraph "e;The best writer of medieval fiction currently around. Lee, founder and publisher, Historical Novel Society. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Proserpine Craving Books. Overall, Shadows and Strongholds is another superb novel by Elizabeth Chadwick. SHADOWS AND STRONGHOLDS, an enchanting, bittersweet historical fiction, is actually rated "6" because it deserves its own category. Ms. Chadwick as done an excellent job with her engaging characters,intriguing plot and chivalry.

Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you know you are in. .Shadows and Strongholds - Elizabeth Chadwick.

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Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you know you are in for a sumptuous ride

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In the past he would not have chosen to go anywhere with his brother, but he was making a concerted effort to bridge the chasm between them.

In the past he would not have chosen to go anywhere with his brother, but he was making a concerted effort to bridge the chasm between them setting aside the petty quarrels of childhood and wiping the slate seemed a sensible and mature thing to do. If Henry had been able to make peace with Stephen, then Brunin reasoned that he and Ralf could at least come to an understanding. Early morning mist wreathed between the trees

A medieval tale of pride and strife, of coming-of-age in a world where chivalry is a luxury seldom afforded, especially by men of power.England, 1148---ten-year-old Brunin FitzWarin is an awkward misfit in his own family. A quiet child, he is tormented by his brothers and loathed by his powerful and autocratic grandmother. In an attempt to encourage Brunin's development, his father sends him to be fostered in the household of Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. Here Brunin will learn knightly arts, but before he can succeed, he must overcome the deep-seated doubts that hold him back.Hawise, the youngest daughter of Lord Joscelin, soon forms a strong friendship with Brunin. Family loyalties mean that her father, with the young Brunin as his squire, must aid Prince Henry of Anjou in his battle with King Stephen for the English crown. Meanwhile, Ludlow itself comes under threat from Joscelin's rival, Gilbert de Lacy. As the war for the crown rages, and de Lacy becomes more assertive in his claims for Ludlow, Brunin and Hawise are drawn into each other's arms.Now Brunin must defeat the shadows of his childhood and put to use all that he has learned. As the pressure on Ludlow intensifies and a new Welsh threat emerges against his own family's lands, Brunin must confront the future head on, or fail on all counts....
Comments (7)
Friert
SENSUALITY RATING: No profanity; Yes, sexual encounters (one “non-descriptive leave it to your imagination rape); Yes, Euphemistic "code words i.e. budding breasts, ;

GENRE: Historical, Romance

SETTING: Time of knights and castles and wars over land.

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: HAWISE - Tomgirl, apple of her father’s eye, quick tongue like her mother.

CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: BRUNIN – Intimidated, skillful, ability to see things for what they really are.

SYNOPSIS: Brunin, a boy tortured by his grandmother’s insults, is to become squire to Lord Joscelin. Living in the de Dinan household will provide him with encouragement, strength and 2 girls in competition of each other.

WHAT I LIKED: Rescue and lives saved by a boy who is not a coward.

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: Hmmm, trying to think of something.

OVERALL RATING: (5) stars because of well written storyline, full of castles, knights, fights over lands and kingdoms, and the females caught up in it all.

**Title can also be called “What one will do just to feel loved”. Tragedy**.

Please read a few quotes and a brief summary of this book on “my Main Page” of LibraryThing.com https://www.librarything.com/work/204152/summary/120832927
Wymefw
This is the first novel I have read by the afore mentioned author. Breathtaking descriptives and an affinity for time appropriate language made this reading a truly sweet experience! The historical background blended with fiction created base building blocks that let the imagination play a safe distance from historical truths. Beautifully portrayed scenes give us an accurate accounting of life as it was known to be in the twelfth century. The depth of pride and importance of lineage during that period are driven home through strong willed characters willing to risk all based on such. I look forward to my next read by Elizabeth Chadwick as Sybilla awaited the return of her de Dinnan knight... with bated breath!
Whilingudw
Loved the book. It's unbelievable how one book based on the true facts and not involving major historical events or well known characters may be that entertaining, deep-moving and enjoyable. It contains everything just in the right proportions - love, war, family matters and description of everyday life. The setting of the story is so good that it creates no problem for the reader to transport himself some 9 centuries back in time and live there together with the characters until the last page of the book.
A+ for the characters and love story. Those characters felt so real that at one moment I found myself talking to them and feeling all kind of emotions toward them. The love story is believable and at the same time has many layers of personal attitudes to it.
Thank you for the journey.
Shou
It was a good story, with believable characters and good historical context. Although, when the book ended I was surprised. It is missing something. While there is a bit of build up there isn't much actual action or conflict. Being historical fiction there is a lot more room to develop the conflict and embellish events.
Steelcaster
First time to read anything from this author - could not put it down - can't wait to read the next one. It was incredible from beginning to end. Every character was well thought out and woven intricately through the story. The love story was more than I had even hoped. I could go on and on about this book - but I'll just end with this : don't miss it!!
misery
I have to admit this is the first Elizabeth Chadwick book that I couldn't get into. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that there were so many characters that you couldn't focus on one. Honestly I was more interested in the side characters than the main character. I just never felt he was fully fleshed out or exactly his reasons for what he does. I ended up skimming it in the end because I just didn't care enough to take that much interest in it but did want to know what happened.
I love Mercedes
Now I have to confess to having gone on a Chadwick binge during cold weather. Her books are very long so it keeps the reader busy for a good bit of time. It may be, though, one possible criticism of her books depending on how much time one has for reading. Out of all the books I have read of hers the most recent one, To Defy a King, was the only one I truly did not care for as it did not meet the usual high-interest plot lines, action and historical value. I don't like giving downer reviews so I probably won't warn people under that title. It might be just the ticket for someone else, right? But...if you like most of her books you just might be disappointed as I was. Shadows and Strongholds did keep me interested throughout book.
This prequel to LORDS OF THE WHITE CASTLE begins in 1148 when Fulke FitzWarin's father, known as Brunin, is 10 years old. It relates the political struggles of the times - King Stephen's final years, Henry of Anjou's (the future Henry II) challenges for the throne and the Welsh border raids.

As the author explains in the endnotes, much of the story about Brunin FitzWarin is based on a 14th Century romantic tale, sometimes called the FitzWarin romance. It should, therefore, be taken with a grain of salt. "[T]he chronicler played fast and loose with many facts," writes Chadwick, "especially with regard to the timing and placing of some of the major players."

The story is of a boy who comes of age during difficult times. It is about love, betrayal and loss, and survival.

If you like Diana Gabaldon or Sharon Kay Penman, you will probably like this book. Chadwick matches Gabaldon's skill for storytelling and romance. The history in her books is not as solid as Penman's, but you'll recognize a number of the people from having read Penman's books.