By Thomas Asbridge
A well known pupil brings to existence medieval England’s such a lot celebrated knight, William Marshal—providing an unparalleled and intimate view of this age and the mythical warrior category that formed it.
Caught at the improper facet of an English civil conflict and condemned via his father to the gallows at age 5, William Marshal defied all odds to turn into one among England’s such a lot celebrated knights. Thomas Asbridge’s rousing narrative chronicles William’s upward thrust, utilizing his existence as a prism to view the origins, stories, and impact of the knight in British history.
In William’s day, the brutish realities of struggle and politics collided with romanticized myths approximately an Arthurian “golden age,” giving upward thrust to a brand new chivalric excellent. Asbridge information the educational rituals, weaponry, and conflict strategies of knighthood, and explores the codes of chivalry and courtliness that formed their day-by-day lives. those talents have been necessary to live to tell the tale some of the most turbulent classes in English history—an period of remarkable transformation, because the West emerged from the darkish Ages.
A major retainer of 5 English kings, Marshal served the good figures of this age, from Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine to Richard the Lionheart and his notorious brother John, and used to be keen on the most serious stages of medieval background, from the Magna Carta to the survival of the Angevin/Plantagenet dynasty. Asbridge introduces this storied knight to fashionable readers and locations him firmly within the context of the majesty, ardour, and bloody intrigue of the center Ages.
The maximum Knight gains sixteen pages of black-and-white and colour illustrations.