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Mortimer History Society presents a Lecture by Helen Fulton,
Professor of Medieval Literature University of Bristol

William Herbert and the March of Wales

Politics and poetry in the Wars of the Roses

Thursday   21st June|7:30pm

Mortimer History Society presents a Lecture by Helen Fulton,
Professor of Medieval Literature University of Bristol

William Herbert and the March of Wales

Politics and poetry in the Wars of the Roses

The central topic of this talk is the poetic image of William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke (c. 1423–1469), who died fighting for Edward IV against the Earl of Warwick and his rebel forces during the Wars of the Roses.  This lecture traces the growing enmity between Herbert and Warwick, both of whom were Marcher lords, and touches on the significance of the Mortimer estates on the March of Wales, which were vital to Edward’s success.  Welsh poets positioned Herbert as a Welshman in opposition to the forces of English treachery, but the politics of his rise and fall were regional rather than national, reflecting the importance of the March in putting first Edward IV and then Henry VII on the throne.

 
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