Jun

03

2016

THE KNIGHT WHO SAVED ENGLAND by Richard Brookes: A review

  In the recent wake of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta in 1215, it’s inevitable that the movers and shakers of that particular period will step into the spotlight, and perhaps none more so than the great William Marshal. Largely unknown outside the circles of medievalists and re-eanactors […]

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Apr

01

2016

WILLIAM MARSHAL 3rd Edition by David Crouch. Some thoughts.

  It has been 26 years since David Crouch brought out the first edition of his biography of the great William Marshal.  I have that book, and the second edition too, published in 2002.  Even before I took up writing my series of novels about the Marshals,  David Crouch’s biography  was essential reading for an […]

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  I confess that before I read Thomas Asbridge’s  “THE GREATEST KNIGHT”, I was already curious about this new biography of William Marshal. The lives of John FitzGilbert the Marshal and his son William are a lifelong study subject for me and I’ve read everything about them I can get my hands on.   Since this […]

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Jan

25

2016

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF WILLIAM MARSHAL

This article is a post from the talk I gave on William Marshal at Cartmel Priory on May 15th 2011 for their annual Founder’s Day Lecture. A quote from the Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal, edited by A.J. Holden and translated by S. Gregory. Published by the Anglo Norman Text Society.  “The son the countess, […]

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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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This is just a note to say that due to a couple of cancellations, there are places vacant on my William Marshal Tour – see the main website for details! I’m really looking forward to it, and meeting everyone with a mutual interest in this great medieval hero! Further information can be found in this […]

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