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GEORGES DUBY - William Marshal: The Flower of Chivalry - Recreates in detail the life of this advisor to the Plantagnets and knight extraordinaire.

GEORGES DUBY - William Marshal: The Flower of Chivalry - Recreates in detail the life of this advisor to the Plantagnets and knight extraordinaire. Generation 27 on family tree.

The Sword of William Marshal

The son the countess, and all the knighs appeared, vying with one another to be the first on a scene which sorely distressed them.

"Sir William Marshal (1147–1219) was an English (or Anglo-Norman) soldier and statesman [who some have] described as the 'greatest knight that ever lived.' He served Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, King John, and Henry III—and rose from obscurity to become a regent of England for Henry III. Before him, the hereditary title of "Marshal" meant head of household security for the king of England; by the time he died, people throughout Europe referred to him simply as "the Marshal."

William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke. William Marshal was the greatest jouster of his age. From Matthew Paris's Chronica Major, Marshal unhorses Baldwin de Guisne.