In For the King’s Favor, Chadwick tells us of Ida de Tosney and Roger Bigod, their love and what they will do so they can be together. The story is absolutely terrific – and what makes it better is that it’s true. (I’d never heard of either character before so I did some research!) Set against the background of the 12th century, it has all the political and court intrigue one would expect from the time period. Ida is mistress to the king and Roger comes to court to secure his lands, they meet and fall in love.
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.
All I can say in closing is that I can’t wait for her next book. Aside from everything else, she writes an entertaining and just plain old good book that anyone can enjoy – not just history buffs.