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William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke

Norwegian: Knights Templar William Marshal Earl of Pembroke, Described as the greatest knight that ever lived.. "The Marshall
Also Known As: "William le Mareschal", "the Protector", "William the Marshal", "Guillaume le Maréchal", "Greatest Knight who ever lived"
Birthplace: Rockley, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
Death: May 14, 1219 (73)
Caversham, Henley, Oxfordshire, England (Old Age)
Place of Burial: Round Chapel of Knights Temple, London, Middlesex, England
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Son of John Marshall, I, of Rockley, le Mareschal and Sibilla de Salisbury
Husband of Isabel de Clare, heiress of Pembroke
Father of William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, Magna Carta Surety; Richard Marshal, 3rd Earl of Pembroke; Maud Marshal; Gilbert le Marshall, 4th Earl of Pembroke (Knight Templar); Isabel Marshal, Countess of Cornwall and 5 others
Brother of John Marshall, II; Maud FitzJohn Marshall; Anselm FitzJohn Marshall and Henry, Bishop of Exeter
Half brother of Gilbert FitzJohn, I and Walter FitzJohn Marshal

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About William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke

"William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1146 or 1147 – 14 May 1219), also called William the Marshal (Norman French: Williame le Mareschal), was an Anglo-Norman soldier and statesman. He served five English kings – The "Young King" Henry, Henry II, Richard I, John, and Henry III.

Knighted in 1166, he spent his younger years as a knight errant and a successful tournament fighter; Stephen Langton eulogized him as the "best knight that ever lived." In 1189, he received the title of Earl of Pembroke through marriage during the second creation of the Pembroke Earldom. In 1216, he was appointed protector for the nine-year-old Henry III, and regent of the kingdom.

Before him, his father's family held an hereditary title of Marshal to the king, which by his father's time had become recognized as a chief or master Marshalcy, involving management over other Marshals and functionaries. William became known as 'the Marshal', although by his time much of the function was actually delegated to more specialized representatives (as happened with other functions in the King's household). Because he was an Earl, and also known as the Marshal, the term "Earl Marshal" was commonly used and this later became an established hereditary title in the English Peerage."


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[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume X, page 364.

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[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 127.

[S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 53. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.

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William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke's Timeline

May 12, 1146
Rockley, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England

Might have been born in Marlborough Castle.

Might have been born in Marlborough Castle.

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