The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones

Thomas Asbridge

Editorial: Simon & Schuster UK, 2015
ISBN 10: 0743268628 / ISBN 13: 9780743268622
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Sinopsis: A thrillingly intimate portrait of one of history's most illustrious knights - William Marshal - that vividly evokes the grandeur and barbarity of the Middle Ages

William Marshal was the true Lancelot of his era - a peerless warrior and paragon of chivalry -yet over the centuries, the spectacular story of his achievements passed from memory. Then, in 1861, a young French scholar stumbled upon the sole surviving copy of an unknown text, later dubbed the History of William Marshal. This richly detailed work helped to resurrect Marshal's reputation, putting flesh onto the bones of this otherwise obscure figure, but even today he remains largely forgotten.
As a five-year-old boy, William was sentenced to execution and led to the gallows, yet this landless younger son survived his brush with death, and went on to train as a medieval knight. Rising through the ranks to serve at the right hand of five English monarchs, he became a celebrated tournament champion, baron, politician and, ultimately, regent of the realm. He befriended the great figures of his day, from Richard the Lionheart to the infamous King John, and helped to negotiate the terms of Magna Carta - the first 'bill of rights'. Yet at the age of seventy he was forced to fight in the frontline of one final battle, striving to save the kingdom from French invasion in 1217.
In The Greatest Knight, renowned historian Thomas Asbridge draws upon an array of contemporary evidence, including the thirteenth-century biography, to present a compelling account of William Marshal's life and times, from rural England to the battlefields of France, the desert castles of the Holy Land and the verdant shores of Ireland. Charting the unparalleled rise to prominence of a man bound to a code of honour, yet driven by unquenchable ambition, this knight's tale lays bare the brutish realities of medieval warfare and the machinations of royal court, and draws us into the heart of a formative period of our history, when the West emerged from the Dark Ages and stood on the brink of modernity. It is the story of one remarkable man, the birth of the knightly class to which he belonged, and the forging of the English nation.

Sinopsis: The twelfth and thirteenth centuries saw a period of turmoil and transformation, as the West emerged from the Dark Ages and teetered on the brink of modernity. We are offered a glimpse of this world through the eyes of William Marshal, a celebrated knight who was personally acquainted the leading figures of the day and played a leading role in events that shaped a critical phase of medieval history - from the Third Crusade to the Magna Carta. Marshal was born into a fractious and fractured medieval society dogged by civil war. He began life in relative obscurity - the fourth son of a minor noble but his star was to rise following schooling in Normandy in the art of becoming a knight. He emerged as one of Europe's most feted warriors, finding service with the royal family of England and became a star of the vibrant tournament circuit. His own life reflected the tumultuous backdrop of the time - he spent time in captivity and then exile before undertaking the 2,000 mile journey to the Holy Land as a crusader. Upon his return to the West, his steadfast unbreakable loyalty saw him become a leading retainer to four Kings of England: Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, King John and Henry III, serving as warrior and military commander, confidante and advisor. Thomas Asbridge presents a compelling new account of Marshal's career, offering an insight into the training and rituals of knighthood, developments in arms armour and fighting methods and an exploration into the codes of chivalry and courtliness that shaped everyday life during the rise of the Plantagenet dynasty.

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Título: The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of ...
Editorial: Simon & Schuster UK
Año de publicación: 2015
Encuadernación: Hardcover
Condición del libro: Good

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