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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 biography of William Marshall. 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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  1. Cover
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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Preface
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  1. Contents
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  1. I. John Fitz Gilbert
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  1. II. Squire and Bachelor
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  1. III. Knight-Errant
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  1. IV. “Familiaris Regis”
  2. pp. 61-81
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  1. V. Associate Justiciar
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  1. VI. The King’s Marshal
  2. pp. 101-124
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  1. VII. Lord of Longueville
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  1. VIII. Lord of Leinster
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  1. IX. Earl of Pembroke
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  1. X. A Royalist General
  2. pp. 192-227
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  1. XI. Regent of England
  2. pp. 228-274
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  1. XII. The Death of a Baron
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  1. Index
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  1. Series List
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421433240
Related ISBN
9781421433233
MARC Record
OCLC
1135437347
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-10
Language
English
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Yes
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Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
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CC-BY-NC-ND
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