William Marshal: Court, Career, and Chivalry in the Angevin Empire, 1147-1219

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Longman, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 233 pages
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William Marshall rose from a minor baronial family to become one of the most powerful men in England, as Regent in the minority of Henry III. This study is more than an account of Marshall's meteoric rise to power however - for what makes him unique in medieval historiography is that he is the only man of his class for whom a contemporary biography has come down to us. David Crouch's study reveals the values, expectations andlifestyle of an aristocratic society in the middle ages.

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

An excellent analysis of the sources for the Marshal's life and career, a critical evaluation of the remarkable Histoire and the evidence of charters. The more thematic last third of the book is rather dry reading, however. Read full review

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A significant work on the life and times of William Marshal, as well as a study of it's main source, L'Histoire de Guillaume de Marechal, presented in an accessible and readable style. The book is ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

David Crouch is professor of medieval history at the University of Hull. He is an aurthority on twelfth-and thirteenth-century English and Norman history. His works on aristocracy include: "The Beaumont Twins" (Cambridge, 1986); "The Image of Aristocracy in ""Britain,"" 1000-1300" (Routledge); "William Marshal" (2nd edn, Longman). He has also published "The Reign of King Stephen, 1135-1154" (Longman) and "The Normans: the History of a Dynasty" (Hambledon).

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