Judy King gave a fascinating talk about ‘William Marshal – England’s greatest knight’ at the Plantagenet Society meeting yesterday. Born a landless noble in 1147, William Marshal became the ‘king’s right hand’ to five English kings through his life: Henry II, the ‘Young King’ Henry, Richard I, John and Henry III.  He was renowned for his honour and chivalry, and served his masters faithfully, twice rescuing England from civil war. He’s also credited with his input in drawing up the Magna Carta, and saved the document after John’s death when it was in danger of being cast aside and ignored.  If you’re interested in medieval time, and the Plantagenet era in particularly, do think about joining the Plantagenet Society, information below and on our website: http://plantagenetaustralia.org.   We look forward to welcoming all history buffs to our meetings!   Still on the theme of medieval time, if you live in Sydney there’s a chance to visit ‘a real medieval village’ at St Ives Showground next weekend, September 23rd-24th.  Activities include jousting competitions, birds of prey demonstrations, archery lessons, Viking battles, medieval dance lessons and a host of other things medieval to see and do.  While you’re there, do visit the Kuringai Library Tent round about lunch time (after the jousting) for a chance to say hello to historical fiction writer Isolde Martyn (author of Mistress to the Crown, The Golden Widows, and numerous other novels including her latest, Troubadour) on Saturday, and I’ll be there about the same time on Sunday. 

The Plantagenet History Society of Australia welcomes new members with an interest in history.

The aim of the Society is to promote interest and discussion of all aspects of the Plantagenet era, Henry II to Richard III (1154 to 1485). This includes: kings and their courts, family life, music, customs, architecture, food and drink, warfare and the law.  Meetings are held six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November on Saturday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm at the Meeting Room, Hornsby Library, Hunter Lane, Hornsby.  The “Plantagenet Chronicle“, a bi-monthly news letter, is sent to all members.  Membership costs just $25 per year.

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