[MR] BBC: William Marshal, Greatest Knight

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Mon May 13 02:51:54 PDT 2019

Today the BBC is offering an illustrated feature on the life of William
Marshal (1146-1219). Said to be the prototype for Lancelot in medieval
romances, Marshal was one of the greatest jousters in the history of
England, a crusader, twice regent of England, and drafter of Magna Carta
(which he didn't sign, as the story states, but instead affixed his seal).
The piece includes several illustrations, including views of Marshal's tomb
effigy in London's Temple Church were he is buried.

Enjoy the show at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48235012 .

For more on Marshal's life, you can read the Wikipedia article at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Marshal,_1st_Earl_of_Pembroke .

The Breton/French knight Bertrand du Geusclin, possibly the greatest knight
of the next generation and eventually Constable of France, consciously
patterned his career on that of William Marshal. You can read a Wikipedia
article on du Geusclin at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_du_Guesclin
, though it hardly does justice to his exciting  life (marred by his
betrayal of Pedro the Cruel during the Castilian conflict).

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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