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William Marshal was a very important figure in Medieval England, makes for an interesting read,
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This review is from: The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217 (General Military) (Kindle Edition)
William Marshal lived during an incredibly important time for English history and got involved in the majority of all the big events that happened; the creation of Magna Carta, acting as Regent to the new child King Henry III following the death of John, besieging countless castles and battling the French during their invasion in the early 13th century, when he was already at an age when most of his Medieval peers had long since passed on.
This was all after distinguished career as a tournament knight, traveling around the country winning numerous jousting battles and generally living the high life. He was a busy man!
I'm a big fan of National Trust / English Heritage type properties, and many are mentioned through the course of the book i.e. William lived in Chepstow & Pembroke Castles, fought the French at Dover & Lincoln Castles, and also spent time living in various sites Ireland. Its great to read about he real history which shaped many of the places we visit as tourist attractions today.
Richard Brooks has obviously done his research and his analysis of the life of 'The Marshal' is well written and flows along nicely throughout, which you would expect as the material & his deeds pretty much speak for themselves because of how historically relevant it all is. Recommended.