The Knight Who Saved England

William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217

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The life and times of the greatest knight of the high middle ages, who saved England from the French.

In 1217 England was facing her darkest hour, with foreign troops pillaging the country and defeat close at hand. But, at the battle of Lincoln, the seventy-year-old William Marshal led his men to a victory that would secure the future of his nation. Earl of Pembroke, right-hand man to three kings and regent for a fourth, Marshal was one of the most celebrated men in Europe, yet is virtually unknown today, his impact and influence largely forgotten

In this vivid account, Richard Brooks blends colourful contemporary source material with new insights to uncover the tale of this unheralded icon. He traces the rise of Marshal from penniless younger son to renowned knight, national hero and defender of the Magna Carta.

What emerges is a fascinating story of a man negotiating the brutal realities of medieval warfare and the conflicting demands of chivalric ideals, and who against the odds defeated the joint French and rebel forces in arguably the most important battle in medieval English history – overshadowing even Agincourt.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

I: Angevin Inheritance
II: Finest Knight
III: Before the Longbow
IV: King John and the Dauphin
V: William's War
VI: Lincoln Fair
VII: The Battle of Sandwich and the Treaty of Kingston
VIII: Nunc Dimittis

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Product details

Published Apr 20 2014
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 320
ISBN 9781472808356
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 33 col
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks (1912–1992) was born in Philadelphi…


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