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William Marshal

Knight-Errant, Baron, and Regent of England

Sidney Painter

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Originally published in 1933. As mediaeval society was dominated by the feudal caste, a biography that depicts the position, activities, manners, and thoughts of a member of that class might do much to elucidate the history of the period. This is what Sidney Painter had in mind when he wrote a William Marshal: Knight-Errant, Baron, and Regent of England. The subject has proved a peculiarly fortunate one. The fourth son of John fitz Gilbert, marshal of the king's court, William for the first forty years of his life was a landless knight who devoted most of his time and energy to tournaments. In…

Originally published in 1933. As mediaeval society was dominated by the feudal caste, a biography that depicts the position, activities, manners, and thoughts of a member of that class might do much to elucidate the history of the period. This is what Sidney Painter had in mind when he wrote a William Marshal: Knight-Errant, Baron, and Regent of England. The subject has proved a peculiarly fortunate one. The fourth son of John fitz Gilbert, marshal of the king's court, William for the first forty years of his life was a landless knight who devoted most of his time and energy to tournaments. In the year 1189 by his marriage to the daughter and heiress of Earl Richard of Pembroke, William became a great feudal lord with fiefs in Normandy, England, Wales, and Ireland. Thus his biography depicts the two extremes of feudal society—the landless knight and the rich baron. Finally in 1216 he was chosen regent of England for the young king, Henry III, and his biography becomes for three years the history of England.

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322
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9781421433226
Table of Contents

Chapter 1. John Fitz Gilbert
Chapter 2. Squire and Bachelor
Chapter 3. Knight-Errant
Chapter 4. "Familiaris Regis"
Chapter 5. Associate Justiciar
Chapter 6. The King's Marshal
Chapter 7. Lord of

Chapter 1. John Fitz Gilbert
Chapter 2. Squire and Bachelor
Chapter 3. Knight-Errant
Chapter 4. "Familiaris Regis"
Chapter 5. Associate Justiciar
Chapter 6. The King's Marshal
Chapter 7. Lord of Longueville
Chapter 8. Lord of Leinster
Chapter 9. Earl of Pembroke
Chapter 10. A Royalist General
Chapter 11. Regent of England
Chapter 12. The Death of a Baron
Index

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Sidney Painter

Sidney Painter was a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. Specializing in medievalism, he served as a chairman of the Department of History. He is the author of Studies in the History of the English Feudal Barony, Scourge of the Clergy, and William Marshal: Knight-Errant, Baron, and Regent of England.