William Marshal: Knighthood, War and Chivalry, 1147-1219

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Longman, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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Ruthless opportunist, astute courtier, manipulative politician and brutal, efficient soldier: this is William Marshal as portrayed by David Crouch in his widely acclaimed biography of 'the Marshal'. With the new translation of the contemporary epic poem, Histoire de Giuillaume de Mareschal, and newly discovered documents, David Crouch has substantitvely re-worked and expanded his original volume. Now fully illustrated, this second edition represents a complete reappraisal of  the career and character of this remarkable man, and provides a riveting account of the realities of aristocratic life in the age of chivalry. 

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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 (2002)

David Crouch is Professor Medieval History at the University of Hull and author of several books including The Reign of King Stephen 1135-54 (2000) and The Normans: The Story of a Dynasty (2002).

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