I have updated my review and giveaway policies page (now just titled Policies above). If you are entering a giveaway, please read and abide by the applicable policy.

Attention Authors! If you arrived here looking for information on the Two Sides to Every Story guest post series, see the tab at the top of the page for more info!

Search This Blog

Monday, March 22, 2010

Caught on Tape: William Marshall

William Marshall, one of the greatest knights on the 12th and 13th centuries is going to be having an amazing year in 2010. In fiction, The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick is being released in March. In film, Robin Hood and Ironclad are coming out, both featuring Marshall prominently. With this looking to be Marshall’s year, why not take a look at what movies William Marshal has been in?

King John (1984)

“Assuming the throne after the death of his brother Richard I, King John (Leonard Rossiter) finds his rule threatened by his own family. His nephew Arthur's quest for power, fueled by Arthur's mother, Constance (Claire Bloom), gathers support from King Philip of France. As battle lines are drawn, the stage is set for John's destiny. Directed by David Giles, this staging is part of a BBC series of Shakespeare's complete works.” (from Netflix)
This is the tale, as told by Shakespeare – produced by BBC. William Marshall is only referred to as Earl of Pembroke – but the story that is told follows the lines of The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick. William is portrayed by Robert Brown. I was unable to find a clip of this movie, but I did find a clip of a stage performance.

The Lion in Winter (1968) and (2003)

“In this stylish costume drama, England's King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and his
dysfunctional family gather on Christmas Eve to decide who will inherit the throne. Henry fancies youngest son John (Nigel Terry), but his iron-willed spouse (Katharine Hepburn) thinks the crown should go to eldest son Richard the Lionhearted (Anthony Hopkins, in his film debut). What ensues is a bitter battle of wills that strains every family bond of love and trust.” (from Netflix 1968 film)

“In winter of 1183, as King Henry II (Patrick Stewart) and his family prepare to celebrate Christmas, Henry also prepares to announce the succession of his throne to one of his three sons -- none of whom is exactly qualified for the job. Disagreements with his wife, Eleanor (Glenn Close), over the subject quickly escalate and throw the family into turmoil. Andrei Konchalovsky remakes the 1968 version starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn.” (from Netflix 2003 film)
William Marshall appears in a small role in both – played by Nigel Stock in the 1968 version and by Clive Wood in the 2003 version.

Robin Hood (2010)

“The story of how an archer in the service of King Richard the Lionheart became to be known as Robin Hood, the famous archer and outlaw of English Folklore. Beginning after the Death of King Richard at the Siege of Chalus Chabrol, the film follows Robin on his rise to infamy among the English Barons and the newly crowned King John. Featuring historically accurate characters such as Sir William Marshall and grounded in reality (in a similar way to Gladiator), this is not Robin Hood as you have seen him before, rather the making of the legend we have come to know him as now.“ (from IMDB)
The upcoming Robin Hood movie features Marshall in a prominent role. As it has yet to come out yet, we will just have to wait and see what comes of it. I will likely see this when it comes to theatres. Marshall will be played by William Hurt.  You can check out my review of the movie here.

Ironclad (2010)
“It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom.” (from IMDB)
Another upcoming movie this year about William Marshall. I found out about this one from a comment on my post about Robin Hood and William Marshall. I haven’t heard much about this one at all. Marshall will be played by James Purefoy.

The first 2 movies can be found on Netflix, the second two are yet to be released. Have you seen King John or The Lion in Winter? What did you think of them? Are you planning on seeing either Robin Hood or Ironclad?

Also today at HFBRT:

Allie's Book Review at Hist-Fic Chick
Marie's Book Review at The Burton Review

And don't forget the GIVEAWAY!

Copyright © 2010 by The Maiden’s Court


  1. I am planning on seeing the two coming out this year. They also look "manly" enough to interest my hubby so I may actually get him to a movie theater! I haven't seen the others, though.

  2. I SO agree with you Robinbird! I think it might be much easier to con my boyfriend into going to see these two than it was to go see The Young Victoria!

  3. I've seen Lion in Winter and absolutely loved it, mainly because of Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole's masterful performances. I actually watched it before I had gotten to know William Marshal, so I didn't really look out for him! I am sure that he would stand out more if I was to watch it now!

  4. Ooohhhhh....Heather! I am totally seeing Robin Hood and Ironclad in the theaters!! Especially because my Cate Blanchett is in RobinHood..didn't know that! I love her!

    Both movies look really good, thanks for posting the trailers!

    And now I'll have to rent the others too!

    Great post!

  5. I am looking forward to Robin Hood.. yes I know it is looking like a Gladiator Part Two but I am in it for the story, and this is one movie I can get the hubby to be grudgingly acceptable to.
    I have not see the other movies unless I was comatose or sleeping and didn't realize it.
    The BBC series with King John looks interesting!

  6. 'Ironclad' should prove interesting as in actual history William Marshal was nowhere near the siege of Rochester, and if he had been, would have been fighting FOR King John not against!
    I am going to be re-enacting at Nottingham Castle at the end of May with my society Regia Anglorum as part of the promo for the new Robin Hood film. There's also an exhibit of props from the film at the castle, so I daresay I'll get to see them while there.

  7. Very interesting and exciting post Heather. I knew about Robin Hood but this is the first I have heard of Iron Clad. I am looking forward to seeing both.

  8. I saw the 2003 Lion in Winter with Glenn Close and Sir Patrick. Fabulous, absolutely fabulous.
    Never saw the original, and must remedy that.

    I plan to see Ironclad, but not sure about Robin Hood, becuase it reminds me too much of Gladiator. But if my mom asks me to go, I'm there.

  9. You won an award. Congratulations, you great blogger, you!


  10. OMG that new Robin Hood movie looks like it is going to be amazing! Love the post what a good one, great idea!

  11. Really enjoyed this post, Heather, fittingly very "creative" of you! I love that each of us comes up with very unique creative posts for the HFBRT events, it keeps everything so interesting!

    I have a post going up today about Ironclad. Very much looking forward to that one, as well as Robin Hood! I hadn't seen the trailer for Robin Hood prior to this, so thanks so much for sharing :)


Thanks for leaving your comments! I love reading them and try to reply to all!