Originally Posted by Kevinmeath
Reading this at the moment very interesting
The life of William Marshal
Just finished the book (last day of the holidays) really enjoyed it a fascinating subject and great to learn the life of a 'common' man or at least the life of poor Knight.
The landless second son sets out to make his fortune and dies (after many ups and downs) and Earl 'Guardian of the Realm', buries 4 Kings and is a bye word for the 'honourable Knight'.
His line is not well known in Britain as he dies very rich and powerful but none of his 5 sons produce a male heir so the name disappeared (in his direct line) but his eldest ,William, has a reasonably successful life as a Knight but his two marriages produce only daughters his name is not carried on but he commissions a French monk to write a biography of his father.
This work is forgotten until rediscovered in the late 19th century, while his name was known and came up in records occasionally the discovery of an actual biography was ,as you might expect, stunning.
Anyone interested in the period will find it a most interesting read and anyone new to the period will find it very readable.