The Paladin

The Paladin

George Shipway Brent Meske Christopher Posner / Sep 17, 2019

The Paladin Bestselling novel telling fictionalized account of the early part of the life of Walter Tirel supposed killer of King William Rufus of England From the author of Imperial Governor Normandy th centu

  • Title: The Paladin
  • Author: George Shipway Brent Meske Christopher Posner
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  • Bestselling novel telling fictionalized account of the early part of the life of Walter Tirel, supposed killer of King William Rufus of England From the author of Imperial Governor Normandy 11th century Young Walter has grown up at the abbey of Evreux, believing himself the son of the abbey s superintendent Dean Fulk, and earns the nickname Tirel for his skill at archeBestselling novel telling fictionalized account of the early part of the life of Walter Tirel, supposed killer of King William Rufus of England From the author of Imperial Governor Normandy 11th century Young Walter has grown up at the abbey of Evreux, believing himself the son of the abbey s superintendent Dean Fulk, and earns the nickname Tirel for his skill at archery An unfortunate incident leads to him being sent away to endure the rigorous training of a squire in William the Conqueror s household At the same time he learns his true lineage, and how he has been deprived of his inheritance He finds a friend in the Conqueror s second son William Rufus, but is disgusted by certain aspects of his behaviour He must also attach himself to Rufus s feckless elder brother Robert Curthose in the hope of making his fortune and regaining his inheritance, but this leads him to make new enemies, and brings him together with his childhood sweetheart, the warrior lady Isabel of Conches George Shipway s progress as an historical novelist has established him in the enviable position of matching such masters of the genre as Harrison Ainsworth No sloppy romantic make believe instead, Mr Shipway creates a vivid, definitive adventure story of the period Sunday Telegraph You could easily vaunt George Shipway s latest novel as a saga of nymphomania, homosexuality, torture, witchcraft and bloodshed But that would be to do it a great deal less than justice, for THE PALADIN blends its ingredients into a very civilized novel Mr Shipway promises a sequel, which softens the blow of reaching the final pages of this story Daily Mail Here is a rattling good yarn in the form of a historical novel the details of life in castle and countryside are animated and evocative Evening Standard Vivid reconstruction of violent period of history probably nearer the truth than conventional notions of romantic chivalry The Evening News As delectable a piece of historical collage as you could wish for Liverpool Daily Post Power passion rather than rosy romance is the preoccupation of the giant Norman knights who stalk the pages of THE PALADIN by George Shipway Its earthy often horrific images have a great physical presenceHis sheer professionalism is a joy Eastern Daily Press This account of the young Norman lord s Tirel s earlier life is so vividly told that one waits eagerly the culmination in a second novel Western Mail George Shipway s new book should make you late for dinner.In diamond hard style he tells a meaty tale of bad barons, sadistic soldiery and persecuted peasants in post Conquest Normandy A disturbing picture of the so called Age of Chivalry Coventry Evening Telegraph This book was first published in the 1970s and has since been out of print Contains passages which may be offensive to LGBT readers ABOUT THE AUTHOR George Frederick Morgan Shipway was in 1908 in India and was educated at Clifton He then attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1928 He was attached the 2nd Battalion The Prince of Wales s Volunteers South Lancashire , for one After his year Shipway was posted to the 13th Duke of Connaught s Own Lancers He spent two years 1936 1938 as Adjutant of the Mekran Levy Corps In 1940 41 he became a General Staff Officer, at General Headquarters, India He remained on the staff until 1944 when he was posted to serve with the Hyderabad Lancers.

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      • George Shipway Brent Meske Christopher Posner

        George Shipway 1908 1982 was a British author best known for his historical novels, but he also tried his hand at political satire in his book The Chilian Club.Shipway was born in 1908, and served in the Indian Imperial Cavalry until 1946 He died in 1982 His cavalry background served him well when he took up writing his descriptions of cavalry battles are full of minute detail and his works generally were meticulously researched his 1969 novel Knight in Anarchy Shipway describes the life of Humphrey de Visdelou as he follows Geoffrey de Mandeville to his doom In the book Shipway indicates that he lives on the estates that de Visdelou once owned.


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    1. 9/25/17 Adding/quoting the book jacket "The dark, bloody, voluptuous ground of eleventh-century England and Normandy was no place for the timid and weak. To make his way, a young nobleman needed strength, courage, charm, and, not least, raw ambition. Walter Tirel had all of these."It was a time of change. William the Conqueror, for so long ruler of much of France and finally of England had three ambitious sons--Robert Curthose, the eldest and heir, William Rufus, and the crafty Henry. At first, [...]


    2. Walter Tirel, who killed William Rufus--accident? on purpose? we do not know. This novel covers his life from boyhood, as a squire, then knight until he joins with William Rufus. There is a sequel The Wolf Time which continues Walter's story, which I intend to read One of the best books on knights I've ever read! Author is strong in his battles, especially with cavalry. Well-written.


    3. Enjoyable historical fiction set in the eleventh century. Shipway goes the extra league to incorporate the vocabulary and events of the period. Meticulously researched details of chivalry and warfare. His storytelling draws the reader right into the action.Unfortunately too much study and reading of history sometimes spoils the fun of what might otherwise be an enjoyable story. In this case, the reader detects so many historical anachronisms that it is as if this is an alternate history, rather [...]


    4. England at the end of the reign of William of Normandy--- the end of the eleventh century. It's an era that doesn't seem to inspire novelists. Cecilia Holland's "The Firedrake" ends in 1066; her "The Earl" begins in the 1150s. The reigns of William II and Henry I are sadly overlooked by novelists. Shipway's "The Paladin" offers up England beginning with the Conqueror's death and the accession of Red William, William II. His hero is Walter Tirel, the knight whom we know will one day put a crossbo [...]


    5. ‘You’d better give some thought to your future. What are you going to do?’This novel, by George Shipway, is a fictionalised account of the early part of Walter Tirel’s life. Walter Tirel is generally credited (or blamed) for the death of King William II (William Rufus) in the New Forest in England in 1100. But I’m getting ahead of myself.Who was Walter Tirel? Where did he come from? Little is known about the life of Walter Tirel. In this novel, young Walter of Poix grows up in Normandy [...]


    6. Struggled through, although it ended quite well I was quite bored through this book I'm afraid, no second book for me


    7. Outstanding writing, intriguing!This is the first of George Shipway's books that I've read, but I definitely look forward to his other historical fictions. This story is well developed with fully developed, multi-layered characters. This was a horrendous period of time in our history so even the most honorable men, just as Walter Tirel had to have a ruthless side in order to survive. That duplicity helped to make this an intriguing, fast paced, and even educational novel.


    8. I enjoyed Shipway's descriptions of the castles and the life inside them. The period immediately after the Norman Conquest is often overlooked by novelists, and I find it extremely interesting. I will definitely continue with this trilogy.


    9. Well written and an interesting period. Also an interesting character to concentrate on, as he is mainly known for his part in the death of William Rufus


    10. Would adjust to 3.5 stars.This is a nice example of filling in medieval history's slight glimpses into a person whose sole known contribution to the world was being the only suspect in the apparent murder of King William Rufus. This volume stops well short of that incident, presumably held for the second of the two volumes.Warning: This is a brutally realistic book at the conditions 11th century Europeans endured, showing that while nobility treated its serfs with complete indifference, it slaug [...]



    11. Ramblings of intrigue and medieval warfare.I couldn't wait to read this book because of glowing reviews. Once started I couldn't wait for it to get interesting. The middle chapters were steeped in the author's attempts to introduce his knowledge of esoteric dictionary words. To name a few: entrails, metheglin, mesnie, tryos, and fustian. After a few chapters spattered with this distraction, I discerned it wasn't going to get more interesting for me and it didn't. I guess I'm just not interested [...]


    12. Having an eager interest in all things William Rufus, I was glad to find and read this book.More realistic to the time period than many, it still uses a lot of creative license and less fact than I'd have liked. The ending is better than the beginning led me to believe. But while we don't see enough of Will Rou, this book does not end with his inevitable hunting trip, that will no doubt be book two.Good to have read, but for others looking for more Rufus, I'd recommend Flambard's Confession.


    13. It is interesting and the use of the terminology of the time adds flavor but I found that I had to look up the terms often. Still watching Walter grow and become enmeshed with court politics was interesting enough. .It is interesting and the use of the terminology of the time adds flavor but I found that I had to look up the terms often. Still watching Walter grow and become enmeshed with court politics was interesting enough. .


    14. Good book, was a bit hard to get into in the beginning because of the terms used and the names of all the characters which quite often were very similar. But soon enough, the story shone through and was very interesting. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series by George Shipway


    15. Interesting StoryLots of action and good description. The nobility of France and England are laid bare with their positive and negative aspects shown. Good descriptions and good dialogue. The plot and point of view is well-written.


    16. EnjoyableWalter is a strange man with a full measure of both good and bad. His training is brutal as were the times, but he clung to his honor as if it was a floating plank after a shipwreck. How bitter is the pill when innocence is what Isobel destroys.


    17. InterestingA different look at the world of knighthood. Probably more realistic than most stories that I have read in the past.


    18. Excellent!This was one of the best stories of knighthood from my youth. I am happy to see it has passed the test of time and is still a a rousing tale. Bravo.


    19. I enjoyed the language of the book. The story was interesting, but the pace was slow and hard to follow at times.




    20. This book lives up to its rating. Great story. It really provides the feel for the era, the brutality, harshness.


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