Inconvenient News,
       by smintheus

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

  William Marshal is dead

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usSad, and ever so slightly bewildering news, from the Independent tonight: William Marshal, knight-errant and trusted advisor to several English kings, has died in Cornwall after a very long and storied life.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIn later years, he was most remembered for his mastery of jousting, for a close and enduring friendship with Eleanor of Aquitaine, and especially as a signatory to Magna Carta. It's almost been forgotten, however, that he negotiated the terms of that famous charter with the other barons.

Long thought to be dead, Marshal had simply dropped out of the public eye. He enjoyed gardening and puttering around in his well equipped pottery.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usHis waning years Marshal devoted to restoring an old farmhouse he had been granted on the River Wye, which he named "Chepstowe". The work was far from completed when he died.

Few of Marshal's friends from his active years remain with us today, and even fewer remember Marshal the young "Flower of Chivalry".

Marshal vowed to be buried as a Knight Templar during an extended visit to the Holy Land.

from Unbossed

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