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For the King's Favor

Published: September 2010
SKU: 9781402244490

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"The best writer of medieval fiction currently around."—Historical Novels Review

A bittersweet tale of obsession, love, and tragic choices.

In England's Middle Ages, the Plantagenet courts are a dangerous place to fall in love. Roger Bigod arrives at King Henry II's court to settle a bitter inheritance dispute, but he quickly becomes enchanted with Ida de Tosney, young mistress to the powerful king.

A victim of Henry's seduction and the mother of his son, Ida sees in Roger a chance to begin a new life. But Ida pays an agonizing price when she leaves the king, and as Roger's standing grows in the court, their marriage comes under increasing strain.

Among some of the most notorious names of the Plantagenet Era, including Eleanor of Aquitaine and William Marshal, Roger and Ida must make choices that grow more heartbreaking by the day.

Based on the true story of a royal mistress and the young lord she chose to marry, For the King's Favor is the perfect historical fiction for readers of The Book of Eleanor by Pamela Kaufman and The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory.

More Novels of Elizabeth Chadwick's William Marshal:
The Greatest Knight
The Scarlet Lion
For the King's Favor
Templar Silks
To Defy a King

Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick:
"An author who makes historical fiction come gloriously alive."—Times of London
"Everyone who has raved about Elizabeth Chadwick as an author of historical novels is right."—Devourer of Books Blog
"I rank Elizabeth Chadwick with such historical novelist stars as Dorothy Dunnett and Anya Seton."—Sharon Kay Penman, New York Times bestselling author of Devil's Brood

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Case Count: 12
  • Series: William Marshal
"Chadwick breaths life in times gone by... The book made me remembered why I loved her books in the first place." — Book Girl of Mur-Y-Castell
"A joy to read. I love how [Chadwick] fits into Medieval England with seemingly little effort. " — Book Lust
"I could not put this book down... Highly recommended. " — Bookfoolery and Babble
"Highly recommended. I absolutely loved For the King's Favor. " — Bookfoolery and Babble
"I loved this book. It brought to life historical people that I knew nothing about and created an almost obsession for me. I can't wait to pick up the rest of Elizabeth Chadwick's books." — Books Like Breathing
"One of the best historical fiction novels I have read this year. Everyone must experience Elizabeth Chadwick's exquisite writing. Her proficiency and talent place her among the elite in her genre." — Bookworm's Dinner
"Elizabeth Chadwick has once again weaved a work of art with her vivid descriptions and ability to tell a most captivating tale." — Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog
"I swear, each Elizabeth Chadwick book I read is even better than the last. Chadwick breathes such life into characters so long dead; to read one of her books is to have a peephole on the past." — Devourer of Books
"Elizabeth Chadwick does a fabulous job in her depiction of the King's court, the people whose lives are impacted by the rotation of the King's attention, and of the political intrigues and favor-currying that takes place. " — Drey's Library
"Chadwick's writing style was thoroughly engrossing and I found myself living in the 1100s along with the characters." — Favorite PasTimes Blog
"Elizabeth Chadwick's name has become a byword for high quality historical fiction. If any one author can "claim" medieval England as his or her territory, it must be she, for she nails the era with precision as she lures the reader into an incredible world of chivalry and knights gallant. " — Hist Fic Chick
"This tale is replete with details about the history and culture of late 12th-century England, a time of royal, financial, familial, marital and political conflicts that keep the reader riveted to every page. A grand read!" — Historical Novel Reviews
"Just like a fine wine Chadwick is to be savored all the way down to the last drop." — Historically Obsessed
"A truly poignant story, For the King's Favor is a masterpiece in historical fiction!" — History Undressed
"The characters really come to life." — In the Hammock
"Recommend? Absolutely to lovers of royal Historical Fiction. " — Life in the Thumb
"The lives of Ida and Roger captivate and give the reader the all important gift of hope." — Luxury Reading
"Each novel by Elizabeth Chadwick continues to build her reputation of one of the queens of historical writing. " — Night Owl Romance
"Smart writing, a mastery of the time period and impeccable research is what we've come to expect from Elizabeth Chadwick and she certainly brought it with For the King's Favor." — Passages to the Past
"Filled with sacrifice, sibling rivalry and war, For the King's Favor is truly a gem." — Readin' and Dreamin'
"Chadwick's characters are carefully and brilliantly crafted... extremely well written historical fiction." — Rundpinne
"Elizabeth Chadwick has a knack for developing characters with flaws and believability, therefore making them completely 'real' while you read their stories. They are authentic and a tribute to her research." — She Read a Book
"Chadwick did not disappoint! She had a good cast of characters from real life to draw from. She made them come back to life with richly textured scenes of England and Royalty" — So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
"Chadwick's work is beautiful; it reminds me why I love historical fiction in the first place." — The Bibliophilic Book Blog
"The writing is exemplary and the attention to detail sublime... a book to be savored... an experience rather than just a read." — The Broken Teepee
"Elizabeth Chadwick weaves a tapestry of a tale that is spellbinding. " — The Long and Short of It Reviews
"Another awesome read for me and another fantastic book by Elizabeth Chadwick." — The Maiden's Court
"Another fantastic story . " — Yankee Romance Reviewers
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