William Marshal: Knighthood, War and Chivalry, 1147-1219 / Edition 2

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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'the new edition provides important new insights [and] have made an excellent book even better' The Monmouthshire Antiquary 'Crouch has added substance to our understanding of the traditional move towards forms of 'bastard feudalism'.' History Reviews of the First Edition:

'refreshingly readable...makes a contribition to medieval studies quite out of proportion to its size' Times Literary Supplement

'a tour de force.....The world of the Angevin court is splendidly recreated, and Dr Crouch succeeds admirably in explaining the reality of the chivalric ethos. For him, the celebrations after a battle had more in common with the atmosphere in the bar of a rugby club than with that of the enclosures at Henley or the ski-slopes of Klosters - Dr. Crouch is adept at finding striking modern parallels'. History Today

' Crouch resurrects a lost world in fluent, economic and readable prose, often enlivened by colloquialisms and contemporary parallels' Southern History

'Written in a racy, accessible, idiosyncratic style, which might have appealed to the Marshal himself, it should be read by everyone interested in medieval people, politics and society' Archives

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582772229
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/29/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 830,970
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Childhood and Squirehood 2. The Household Knight 3. The Making of a Magnate, 1186–1205 4. The Making of a Regent 5. The Marshal’s Men 6. Love and Lordship 7. The Chivalry of the Marshal 8. La Bone Fin va out

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