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Set in England in 1148, Chadwick’s historical coming-of-age novel follows the grueling life of tormented 10-year-old Brunin FitzWarin as he makes the journey to becoming a war hero. He is bullied by his older brothers and verbally abused by his grandmother, while his submissive mother sits in the shadows, until his father, having survived an assassination attempt by cohorts of his enemy, Gilbert de Lacy, decides to send Brunin away to live with Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. It is at Lord Joscelin’s home that Brunin learns how to conquer his internal and external demons. He also falls in love with the youngest daughter, Hawise. The two become closer as the war between Ludlow, Gilbert de Lacy, and Brunin’s own family rages on, and Brunin must draw on all that he has learned to help defeat his enemies and save his land. Best-selling historical novelist Chadwick provides an engaging tale of betrayal, loyalty, and passion, a must-read for every hopeless romantic and medieval-action junkie who enjoys a compassionate story rich in well-researched historical details. --Carissa Chesanek


"The best writer of medieval fiction currently around."---"Historical Novel Review"

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  • File Size: 1799 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2XV4BE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elizabeth Chadwick is a best selling, award winning author of historical fiction. A born storyteller, her first novel The Wild Hunt won a Betty Trask Award in 1990. She has been four times shortlisted for the RNA Award in the UK for the best mainstream romantic novel. Her book The Scarlet Lion was selected as one of the top ten works of historical fiction of the decade by Richard Lee, founder of The Historical Novel Society.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Flora VINE VOICE on November 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Because I bought this book in an English bookstore in Amsterdam, I've read it before it has been published in the USA. This book is very good, it's even better the Lords of the White Castle, and is certainly worth reading for the back-story on how the FitzWairin family loses Whittington Castle.

England in the time of the civil war between Stephen and Matilda is not a fun place to be. Because of the war between the kingly ones, justice is not getting dispensed to those in need. For this reason, strong alliances are more important than ever. Thus, Hawise de Dinan and Brunin FitzWairin, two teenagers who have known each other their whole lives are made to wed so that Brunin can help protect Hawse's family estate, Ludlow, which is under almost constant attack from Gilbert de Lacy.

Readers of Lords of The White castle will be delighted to read the romantic and stunning story of the parents of Fulke FitzWairin, who unfortunately aren't seen much in LOTWC.

All The characters are real people of their time with true personas and real motivations, and as always, this is not some nice neat tale of midlevel life. It's dirty and gritty and very realistic. It's also not really fair to classify this as a romance novel, since there isn't that much sex in the book. Chadwick has done it again!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Huston on June 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Every couple of years or so, British author Elizabeth Chadwick delivers up a new adventure of life in the tumultuous twelfth century for her fans. Whenever I find myself waiting impatiently for her next new release, I go through her backlist of novels to help me bide the time.

This time with the novel, Shadows and Strongholds, the story is set on the Welsh frontier of England in the twelfth century. It is a rather untamed place, where the lords of the various castles and manors are on a constant state of alert for the Welsh to come raiding, their favourite hobby being the cattle rustling and stealing women away. Too, they don't fight like the English, much preferring a quick hit-and-run approach rather than the more organized Norman way of battle.

Into this world is born Brunin FitzWarin. Brunin is the second son of a powerful nobleman, and has grown up in the shadow of his fearsome grandmother, the sharp-tongued Mellette. Mellette has never bothered to hide her contempt for the child, and has encouraged his brothers to tease and torment him, causing Brunin to retreat into himself, doubting his own abilities, a fatal flaw in a culture that prided itself on personal courage and warfare. When he goes with his father to St. Peters Fair in the nearby town of Shrewsbury, Brunin gets a hard lesson in medieval politics when he is beaten and nearly killed by squires of his father's rival, Gilbert de Lacy. His father furious, but a family friend, Joscelin de Dinan, offers to help by taking Brunin into his household for training. It's a solution that Fulk happily agrees to.

In Joscelin's stronghold of Ludlow Castle, ten year old Brunin gets to discover a world that he could scarcely dream of.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DoubtfulMuse on June 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Chadwick's ability to create both believable characters and believable medieval settings is nothing short of amazing. Shadows and Strongholds is a romance, but it's far superior to most category romances, and really, it's superior to most historical novels in general. I can hardly wait for Chadwick's next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ~Efrat~ on August 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The "family chronicles" was a rather popular genre between the 12th to the 14th centuries. These chronicles were written by clerics, under the supervision of the family.
One of these chronicles is the story of the Fitzwarin family, and this ancient piece was the basis for the wonderful novel "Shadows and Strongholds".

This is a story of two childhood friends and eventually husband and wife, Brunin Fitzwarin and Hawise de Dinan, and their adventures and tests of courage and love in times where nothing is for sure and everything is under threat, including the beloved castle where they both spent most of their years and where their future awaits- Ludlow castle.

This is a fascinating story, based on true facts and real characters- highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Gelderman on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
18 Aug 2004: Refers to UK Hardcover Edition

This is a medieval tale of Brunin FitzWarin and Hawise de Dinan. It begins in England, 1148 and ten year old Brunin is a misfit in his own family. He is a quiet child and is tormented by his brothers and is detested by his own paternal grandmother, Mellette. His beautiful mother, Eve, is a shy, quiet woman who doesn't have the mettle to stand up to her mother-in-law or her domineering husband, Fulke FitzWarin and therefore is incapable of protecting herself, let alone her oldest son.

Brunin's father decides that the boy needs encouragement to fully develop and sends him to be fostered in the household of his friend, Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. Brunin will learn the knightly arts but he must also learn to overcome his own self-doubts.

There he meets Hawise, the youngest daughter of Lord Joscelin and they form a friendship while growing up together at Ludlow. He learns to fight with Lord Joscelin, and his father for Henry of Anjou for Henry's crown against King Stephen. However, in the background, rival threats against Ludlow and Whittington become more prevalent and additional battles must be fought.

This is an extremely well-written book and delves deep into the personalities of the main characters, especially Brunin and Hawise. I felt their emotions so strongly it was almost akin to being in their shoes. A veritable page turner! I couldn't stop and was sad to see it end! Another winner for author Elizabeth Chadwick and anyone who reads her novels!
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