William Marshal

William Marshal, the greatest knight who ever lived? Born 1147, the 4th son of a man of no note, William Marshall rose to be one of the most powerful Barons in England, regent to a child king, and significant influence regarding Magna Carta. He was a man of loyalty, knightly chivalry, and clever diplomacy. That…

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Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket’s assassination by four zealous knights in 1170 would be a headline-hitter even today, that’s for sure. And it’s certainly one of the most famous murders in medieval history. But just how did the son of a London merchant come to be not only the Archbishop of Canterbury but one of the king’s greatest…

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1154 – Henry II becomes King of England.  Also known as Henry Plantagenet, ruled as Count of Anjou, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, and Lord of Ireland.  He was married to the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine. One of the major international events surrounding Henry during the 1160’s was the Becket controversy. To find out more lordship titles from the reign of…

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