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Guardian of the Realm

(The third book in the William Marshal series)
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The William Marshal Series - Book 3

“This series could develop into something very special. Richard Woodman knows how to tell a story, but has a healthy respect for history... Compulsive reading.” Saul David

Bound by deep loyalties to the House of Anjou, William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, stands by the despotic King John as he is driven out of his hereditary lands on the continent by Philippe of France and is compelled to yield to the demands of the Barons at Runnymead in 1215.

England is divided.

Repudiating Magna Carta, John’s disastrous reign reaches its climax as he loses his Crown and Treasure in the Wash and dies at Newark, leaving his nine year-old son Henry as King.

There is only one man who can save the realm from anarchy as the Barons sense their moment has come and invite Prince Louis of France to invade and take the throne.

Ever faithful, William Marshal takes on the burden. As Guardian of the Realm and at the age of seventy-two he charges into Lincoln and hurls the French out of the city in an epic pell-mell battle, driving Louis across the Channel in a war of cut and thrust, securing the throne for Henry III.

Guardian of the Realm is the concluding part of the epic series chronicling the story of William Marshal, England's ‘Greatest Knight’.

Recommended for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Robyn Young.

Praise for Richard Woodman:

'Woodman has done justice to a remarkable story and man. William Marshal is portrayed as being brave, intelligent - but flawed and human too.' Michael Arnold

"The general reader will be engrossed in the narrative, while students of the era will admire Woodman’s accurate eye for historical detail and vocabulary and his incisive reveals of the customs and attitudes of the time." Paul Bannister

'Brings medieval Europe to life. The well-crafted action and historical insights enthral and entertain.' Richard Foreman, author of Band of Brothers.

‘If 'Neptune’s Trident' sets the standard for what is to follow - we can at least rest assured that there is a series that truly does justice to our proud merchant maritime past.’ Nautilus UK Telegraph

‘Richard Woodman tells many a good tale in this first volume and it is fascinating to read. I highly recommend this first volume in the Neptune s Trident for anyone with an interest in the early modern period. If the rest of the series is as good as this one, they should all be on the bookshelves of those studying the history of Britain, from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.’ Open History

Captain Richard Martin Woodman LVO is an English novelist and naval historian. He is the author of the series ‘A History of the British Merchant Navy’ and the Sword of State trilogy, which recreates the true story of George Monck, a giant of the 17th Century.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"This series could develop into something very special. Richard Woodman knows how to tell a story, but has a healthy respect for history...Compulsive reading." - Saul David

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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : Paperback

Title: Guardian of the Realm
Author(s): Richard Woodman
ISBN: 1-71817-186-2 / 978-1-71817-186-2
Publisher: Independently published
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August 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Guardian of the Realm (The William Marshal Series Book 3)
Author(s): Richard Woodman
Publisher: Sharpe Books
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