The Death of William Marshall: Caversham, 1219

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 18th January 2019

Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: The Lecture Theatre, Reading School (near the Royal Berks Hospital)

Description: In January 1219, William Marshal, earl of Pembroke, fell mortally ill. The weeks leading up to his death on 14 May at his Thameside manor of Caversham are covered in exceptional detail in the vernacular verse biography written in the 1220s to celebrate his long and eventful career. This talk will review the insights this offers into an early thirteenth-century experience of terminal illness, and the light it sheds on the preoccupations—and surroundings—of the sufferer, whose regency for the young Henry III briefly made Caversham the focal point of English politics.

Price: Lectures are free

Organiser: Reading Branch

Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Matthew

Region: South-East England

Branch: Reading

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