Elizabeth Chadwick was born in Bury, Lancashire in 1957. She moved with her family to Scotland when she was four years old and spent her childhood in the village of Newton Mearns near Glasgow. She came to Nottingham when she was ten and has lived there ever since. She has told herself stories all of her life, but didn't actually write anything down until she was fifteen. Her first foray into historical fiction, a novel about the Holy Land in the twelfth century, led her to the realisation that she wanted to write historical fiction for a living.
In 1989, after years of writing and rejections during which her works won some competitions, a literary agent became interested in The Wild Hunt, one of her books. The book was auctioned to Michael Joseph, which is part of Penguin Group. A year later the book won a Betty Trask Award, which was presented to the author at Whitehall by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
Elizabeth Chadwick has gone on to become one of Britain's foremost historical novelists and has been called by the Historical Novel Society 'The Best Writer of Medieval Fiction currently around.' She is published internationally and her work has been translated into 16 languages. Chadwick is renowned for her extensive research into the medieval period and particularly so in the area of the Marshal and Bigod families. Her novels about the thirteenth century magnate William Marshal, The Greatest Knight, and The Scarlet Lion, have brought her international acclaim.
List of Works;
- Three major novels about the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, titled The Summer Queen, The Winter Crown and The Autumn Throne. The first one was released on 20 June 2013.
- Lady of the English (2011) - about Adeliza of Louvain and Maude of England
- To Defy A King (2010) - book about William Marshal's daughter
- The Time of Singing (published as For the Kings Favor in the U.S.) (2008)
- A Place Beyond Courage (2008) - book about William Marshal's father
- The Scarlet Lion (2006) - 2nd book about William Marshal
- The Greatest Knight (2005) - 1st book about William Marshal
- Lords of the White Castle (2006) - sequel to Shadows and Strongholds
- Shadows And Strongholds (2005)
- The Falcons of Montabard (2002) - connected with Winter Mantle
- The Winter Mantle (2002)
- The Marsh King's Daughter (1999)
- The Love Knot (1998)
- The Champion (1997)
- The Conquest (1997)
- Shields of Pride (1994)
- First Knight (1995)
- Daughters of the Grail (1995)
- The Leopard Unleashed (1993) - sequel to Running Vixen
- The Running Vixen (1991) - sequel to Wild Hunt
- The Wild Hunt (1990)
- The Wild Hunt (1990) - a Betty Trask Award
For the Romantic Novelists' Award;
- 1998 - The Champion
- 2001 - The Lords of the White Castle
- 2002 - The Winter Mantle
- 2003 - The Falcons of Montabard
- The Scarlet Lion was nominated by Richard Lee, Founder of the Historical Novel Society, as one of the top ten historical novels of the last decade.