Monday, 23 September 2019

Memorial on the cards for Caversham soldier and statesman

A MEMORIAL could be installed in Caversham for William Marshal, who died 800 years ago in May.

Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke, was an Anglo-Norman soldier and statesman who made his name in battles. He served five kings and his loyalty was rewarded with marriage to Isabel de Clare, heiress to extensive lands, including the Manor of Caversham.

On the death of King John, he was appointed Regent to the nine-year-old Henry III. Thanks to the Earl, a French invasion force was defeated at Lincoln in 1217 so that both the Magna Carta and the Plantagenet dynasty survived.

Marshal died in Caversham on May 14, 1219 and is buried at Temple Church in London.

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