William Marshal, 1st earl of Pembroke, also called William the Marshal, (born c. 1146—died May 14, 1219, Caversham, Berkshire, England), marshal and then regent of England who served four English monarchs— Henry II, Richard I, John, and Henry III —as a royal adviser and agent and as a warrior of outstanding prowess.
- Early Career
- Appointment at Court
- Richard I & Regency
- Death & Legacy
William Marshal was born c. 1146 CE and he experienced his very first misadventure aged just six when his father's castle at Newbury was attacked by an army of King Stephen's (r. 1135-1154 CE). John Marshal was forced to give up his young son William as a hostage while the attack was suspended in order for the terms of a surrender to be settled. Ho...
William the young knight was immediately called into action in 1166 CE when he was dispatched to fight in the war between Henry II of England (r. 1154-1189 CE) and the counts of Boulogne, Flanders and Ponthieu. Stationed at the castle of Neufchâtel-en-Bray in Normandy, William showed promise and bravery but after a skirmish where he lost his horse,...
In 1168 CE William was back in real warfare but it went as badly as his first experience. Fighting in Poitou in western France with the army of his uncle the Earl of Salisbury, William was injured and captured by the forces of Guy de Lusignan. Fortunately, the habit of asking for ransoms was not exclusive to tournaments and William could be freed a...
By 1186 CE William was back at court from his travels and serving King Henry II again, notably in the campaigns of 1188-9 CE against Philip IIof France (r. 1180-1223 CE), who had allied himself to the English king's two rebellious sons, John and Richard (the future Richard I Lionheart). In one battle or its aftermath, William came face to face with...
Having served four English monarchs and risen to the very top of the kingdom, the great knight's time was nearly up. There was one last hurrah at the battle of Lincoln in 1217 CE when, aged 70, he led the English army and won against the still-disgruntled English barons and their French ally, the future King Louis VIII of France (r. 1223-1226 CE). ...
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William Marshal, II conde de Pembroke ( Francés: Guillaume le Maréchal) (1190 – 6 de abril de 1231) fue un noble medieval inglés y uno de los garantes de la Carta Magna.
07/08/2022 · William Marshal, a Knight’s Tale by Ben Johnson The story of how the fourth son of a minor 12th century baron rose to be one of the richest men of his day, Regent of England and governing the country on behalf of the boy-king Henry III, is most certainly a true knight’s tale!
11/05/2020 · William Marshal has been dubbed “England’s greatest knight” – and probably the most loyal. He served five English kings from Henry II through to his grandson Henry III, and was 70 years old at the time of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln. William Marshal’s remarkable life is the stuff of a blockbuster movie.
William Marshal is a man that you have all probably seem depicted in movies, mentioned in books, and now immortalized in the Ros Tapestry, in the heart of the Town he founded with his wife Isabel de Clare. There is an old phrase that always reminds me of William Marshal “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride”.