of the White Castle
By Elizabeth Chadwick
St Martin's Press - April 2002
ISBN: 0312288271 - Hardcover
Historical Romance - England 1184 A.D.
Reviewed by: Barbara Buhrer,
Fulke FitzWarin is being tutored at court and serves the young Prince John. Through Fulke, the family hopes to regain Whittington Castle and their title, Lords of the White Castle. In a confrontation over a chess game, Fulke and John become sworn enemies.
When John takes the throne, he punishes his squire by denying his claim, and awards the property to another.
Fulke becomes an outlaw with a price on his head. He subsequently marries widowed Maude leVavasour, whom he loved for years. She saves his life with her skill as an archer.
This is a vivid picture of Britain in feudal times. There are tourneys, knights in full regalia and woodland skirmishes. It is a well-plotted historical romance; full of deceit, rivalries and thwarted love. The characters are fully developed. The action moves swiftly. This is well written with a feeling for the people and the times.
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