Jan

11

2016

FINDING NEWBURY CASTLE

  The whereabouts of Newbury Castle, Berkshire has long been a conundrum.  Did it exist, and if so, where is it?  No one knows for sure; there are only theories.  As far as my own theory goes, I would say it’s staring everyone in the face, but let’s explore the subject. William Marshal’s biography the […]

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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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