William Marshall

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To what extent was William Marshall’s life as a knight different from other knights of the time? Invariably it was not that much different than those of his peers until his later life. The one thing that set him apart from other knights was his fierce dedication to loyalty.
William Marshall was not given consideration from his father; this was not unheard of for the time. Many knights throughout Crouch’s work are said to have had, “a similar life” to that of William Marshall. His loyalty, dedication to duty and good looks were some of the few things that set him apart. This trend was seen most of his life.
The tournament meant a great deal to Marshall during his early years. He had spent so much time training to fight in conflict, but England was a bad place to be a knight in his youth owing to lack of conflicts to challenge his skills. The tournaments helped him make a living, and got his name out to others for his prowess.
Marshall demonstrated fierce loyalty to his “lord” the Young King. This loyalty went so far as to lead him into conflict in the Young King’s name. Again, his prowess in the tournament and his luck on the battlefield played a role in securing him a place after the Young King’s loss.
Marshall not only displayed fierce loyalty but cunning in battle as he aged. Anticipating the intrigue and intricacies of the courtly life; Marshall determined his fate would be that of a courtier for his future having no lands or titles. Being a sell-sword meant he would live the life he made for himself. This was apparent in his service to Henry II; serving him until his death.
With the death of Henry II, Marshall himself was sure his son Richard would not want to keep him in the royal mesnie. Having only days earlier defeated Richard by killing his horse, other knights offered Marshall money to help him get by. Richard had other plans for him, his loyalty to…...

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