I was asked by the organisers of the Mortimer Society Conference if I would give a paper loosely on the subject of matters or personalities concerned with Magna Carta for their annual day of lectures at Hereford Academy.
Slightly daunted to be in the august company of lecturers and academics who know the period inside out at degree level, I nevertheless decided nothing ventured nothing gained and agreed to do so. The result was this - a piece on the relationship between the Marshal and King John. Other than a few photos to break up the narrative, this is the article verbatim.
I am so glad I agreed to lecture at Hereford. I met some old friends and readers, and said hello again to the lovely indie bookseller from Ludlow. The lecturers were absolutely charming and not at all 'ivory' tower and were as interested in what I had to say, as I was in their work. So, all in all a great exchange, and enjoyable at all levels!
THE MARSHALS AND KING JOHN.