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(Review) The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones by Thomas Asbridge

Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: ECCO, an imprint of HarperCollins
Genre: Nonfiction
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 464
Source: Self-purchase
Rating: 4 stars for very good

The preface tells the story of a man named Paul Meyer, who in 1861, first discovered at Sotheby's in London, a medieval book labeled "Norman French Chronicle on English Affairs." After a period of twenty years, he found the book again and was able to study the manuscript. He discovered it was about the life of William Marshal. Meyer later published a printed edition of the History of William Marshal.
The year is 1152, and five year old William Marshal has been sentenced to be executed on order from King Stephen. Young Marshal has not committed a crime but he is being used as a political pawn.
The rest of Marshals life, because he survived this frightening early childhood experience, lived a long, adventurous, and successful life.
The Greatest Knight is a biography of William Marshal. The biogr…