Feb

29

2016

What Price a gold ring?

This is being added to my ongoing research concerning John Marshal. It’s a rather dry piece of legal speak concerned with a land grant, but it’s interesting that John advised the young woman concerned in the dispute. It’s also interesting to note the involvement on the sidelines of William Martel who was one of Stephen’s […]

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Jan

10

2016

ANVILS AND HAMMERS

  ANVILS AND HAMMERS: Why John FitzGilbert Marshal’s speech at Newbury should not be taken at face value By Elizabeth Chadwick Some time around 1152 there was a bitter siege fought over a castle on the Wiltshire/Berkshire border.  William Marshal, about five years old, was a hostage to the men besieging his father’s castle andthe […]

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