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Subject: Chadwick's The Scarlet Lion Question
Date Posted: 4/13/2010 11:45 AM ET
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I was just reading the back cover of my copy of this which just arrived from Amazon today.  Although I'm certain this book isn't technically part of a series (or at least I don't believe so), the verbiage on the book makes it sound as though it might be better to read one of the other Chadwick books first to get some background.  The one she wrote about William Marshal's father perhaps (the name of that book escapes me)?  It's probably not necessary, but I'm thinking it might be better to read the other book first. Help!  I'm a relative Chadwick newbie.  I've only read one of her other novels before. 

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 11:59 AM ET
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You can read them as stand alone's. But chronologically, The Greatest Knight covers the first half of William Marshall's life while The Scarlet Lion covers the last half.

Enjoy!

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 12:19 PM ET
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Shelley,  I would read Greatest knight before Scarlet Lion, but Genie's right it can stand alone and Chadwick does a great job of filling in the blanks so that it can.  A Place Beyond Courage (John Marshal's story) does not run together like TGK and SL  do.  Just my opinion though.

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 12:37 PM ET
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Okay, thanks, guys! I had forgotten about The Greatest Knight.  [Trudging back to Amazon . . . ]

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 12:40 PM ET
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I read TGK first but you could probably read it as a stand alone. APBC was written as a stand alone. I actually recommend reading that after the Marshal books and you're in love with William. More fun to see him as a young boy :)

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 12:42 PM ET
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Well, darn, Shelley, now you have to buy another book! Oh, and don't forget that you'll need another one in order to qualify for the amazon free shipping.

Life is so hard. *sigh*

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 1:46 PM ET
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You know you have too many books on Mt. TBR when -

You almost order a book you already have!  (And I'm sure this has never happened to any of the rest of you!)  I was just about to place The Greatest Knight in my cart, when I looked again at the cover and thought, "Hey, wait just one gosh darn minute! I think I have that book already!"  (I usually actually use cuss words, but I'm censoring for PBS' sake.)  Sure enough.  Yeah, it's on my bookshelf. So, nevermind on the ordering, but I will make a note to read TGK before TSL.  Now, let's just hope I don't actually lose the books on Mt. TBR. 

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 2:00 PM ET
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LOL, nope never done that nope never, that's my story and I am sticking to it!

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 2:09 PM ET
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It is completely beyond my comprehension to have a Chadwick novel sitting on the pile unread and forgotten. Never going to happen.

And yes, that long dry spell without a new one is almost over.

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 4:48 PM ET
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I have never, ever ordered a book I already have.

(She says with fingers crossed behind her back.)

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 5:09 PM ET
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I have never, ever ordered a book I already have.

(She says with fingers crossed behind her back.)

Didn't I pass a book along to you a couple of years ago that it turned out you already had a copy? Although since you didn't technically *order* it you may be correct ;(

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Date Posted: 4/13/2010 5:19 PM ET
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I am going to take one of them for the plane ride on Friday. I have already read the Greatest Knight so I think I will step back and read a Place Beyond Courage.

If folks want more of her books they are available on www.bookdepository.com.  Many are not published in the Us.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 5:36 PM ET
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I know I'm a broken record but there are libraries in the US that have her older books (mine does) and can be had via ILL.

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 5:43 PM ET
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I'm kind of a chronological, time-line kind of gal & I read A Place Beyond Courage before The Greatest Knight & The Scarlet Lion - really loved reading them in that order.

Of course, having previously read Penman's When Christ & His Saints Slept, I was already a little familiar with John and his story and had already been introduced to young William.

For me, having an understanding of John & Sybilla - their relationship, their parenting methods, the trials they went through, etc. - all laid an excellent foundation for the "William" books.

Kelly

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Date Posted: 4/13/2010 6:07 PM ET
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Yes I love libraries too, but I like havign teh books so I can pick them up when ever I want to read them. They may sit on my shelf for 2 years but then I will blaze through an author. Some I refuse to buy anymore like Janet Evanovich and will only get it out of the library.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 7:06 PM ET
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Alice, I agree. Chadwick is one author I have to own and have her books on hand. She always does it when I'm in a slump and nothing else will do. Which is what's going to happen as soon as I finish To Defy A King (no I don't have it yet). Same as with Time of Singing - books were flying.

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 7:34 PM ET
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Didn't I pass a book along to you a couple of years ago that it turned out you already had a copy?

Cathy, Did I out you? Huh? Huh? Nooooooooo.

Humph.

Well, OK, once. Mind you, once I ordered a book I already had.

K? That better?

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 8:22 PM ET
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Not only have I NEVER ordered a book (or bought a book) that I already have, I've never ordered the same book twice within a three day period -- nope, never, not even last week when notifications from Amazon and PBS seemed to show otherwise.  Nope, must have been someone else -- and those duplicate books you see on my shelves must be a symptom of your double vision. Go figure....

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 8:35 PM ET
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Methinks the main advantage of only ordering through Amazon is that it will tell you you have ordered it and on what date.

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Cathy - Yeah, that is a handy feature on Amazon. Unfortunately you actually have to read those words for them to be helpful to you.  I ordered a duplicate book through Amazon in the past despite buying it from Amazon the first time. Apparently I pay very little attention to detail.

Date Posted: 4/14/2010 7:52 PM ET
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Chuckling, Shelley.