Sphere has acquired two new historical novels by Elizabeth Chadwick, revisiting the life of William Marshal, the hero of her internationally bestselling novels The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion.
Maddie West, deputy publisher for Sphere, acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, including Canada, from Carole Blake at Blake Friedmann.
Chadwick’s first novel will focus on the life story of William Marshal, while her second will explore his family by marriage and the story of Norman adventurer Richard de Clare and Irish princess Aoife of Leinster.
West said: “We are proud to publish Elizabeth Chadwick: her wonderful novels paint astonishingly vivid pictures of medieval Europe. Her legions of devoted fans will be delighted to hear that there are new stories to be told about William Marshal.”
Sphere has also revealed plans to reissue revised editions of Chadwick’s Ravenstow Trilogy in summer 2018 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the paperback publication of her first novel, The Wild Hunt.
Chadwick said: “I have long wanted to write about a missing three year period in the great William Marshal’s career that was perhaps the most important turning point of his life. I have also often pondered the fascinating dynamics of the relationship between Richard de Clare and Aoife of Leinster and am thrilled that Sphere has given me the chance to realise my ambition to write these wonderful, gripping stories.”
Blake said: “It’s wonderful to be able to continue such a long and successful collaboration between an author and a publisher. Republishing her early novels on the 25th anniversary of the publication of her first, with all of them still in print, is really something to celebrate.”