David Crouch's William Marshal, now in its third edition, depicts this intriguing medieval figure as a ruthless opportunist, astute courtier, manipulative politician and a brutal but efficient soldier. Born the fourth son of a minor baron, he ended his days as Earl of Pembroke and Regent of England, and was the only medieval knight to have a contemporary biography written about him. Using this biography in addition to the many other primary sources dedicated to him, the author provides a narrative of William Marshal and a survey of the times in which he lived and also considers the problems and questions posed by the History.
The third edition has been extensively updated and revised, and now includes:
expanded sections on the reality of medieval tournaments and warfare as it is described in the biography
an in-depth study of Marshal's family life and children based on the latest research including material from the new edition of the Marshal family acts and letters
more on Marshal's royal patrons and contemporaries, in particular the relationship between Marshal and his nemesis, King John.
William Marshal explores the world of medieval knighthood and the the aristocratic life of the times in engaging, readable prose, and is a unique resource for students of medieval history.
David Crouch is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Hull and a Fellow of the British Academy. His recent publications include The English Aristocracy, 1070-1272: A Social Transformation4 (2011), Lost Letters of Medieval Life (2013) and The Acts and Letters of the Marshal Family, Marshals of England and Earls of Pembroke 1145-1248 (2015).
LIST OF MAPS, GENEALOGICAL TABLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION PREFACE TO THIRD EDITION ABBREVIATIONS INTRODUCTION The Biography and Its Author Old Work and New Questions The Problems of the Sources chapter 1 CHILDHOOD AND SQUIREHOOD John Marshal: Father and Son William de Tancarville: the `Good Master' The Education of William Marshal chapter 2 THE HOUSEHOLD KNIGHT The Device of Tancarville Patrick, Earl of Salisbury At the Court of the Young King Rebellion and Disfavour On the Tournament Circuit Losengiers and Lese Majeste chapter 3 THE MAKING OF A MAGNATE, 1183-1190 Death in Limoges In The East Captain of the Guard The Last Days of Henry ii Lord of Striguil chapter 4 THE RISE OF THE MARSHALS Count John of Mortain England without Richard Richard's Captain and Courtier chapter 5 EARL OF PEMBROKE AND LORD OF LEINSTER Crossing to Ireland Losing Normandy Fall from Grace In the Cold, 1205-1207 King John's Plan for Ireland The Leinster Crisis, 1206-1208 chapter 6 THE DUEL WITH KING JOHN The Irish War of 1210 The Road Back to Favour Magna Carta The Barons' War chapter 7 THE SAVIOUR OF THE ANGEVIN DYNASTY The Marshal Coup The Revival of Magna Carta The Battle of Lincoln (1217) The Departure of Louis of France Making Government Pay Resignation, Death and Afterwards chapter 8 THE MARSHAL AND HIS SOCIETY The Courtly World of the Marshal The Preudomme The Tournament Mentality On the Circuit The Apres Tournoi chapter 9 THE MARSHAL AT WAR Dressing the Part The Warrior Preudomme chapter 10 LOVE AND LORDSHIP Love and Loyalty Lordship and Affinity The Marshal and Money chapter 11 THE MARSHAL'S MEN The Knights The Clerks The Hidden Household chapter 12 LA BONE FIN VA TOUT Spirituality Supporting the Church Dying to the World appendix i THE KNIGHTS OF WILLIAM MARSHAL appendix ii THE MARSHAL AND THE EARL MARSHAL GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY MAPS INDEX