St Andrew's Church, Marks Tey, CO6 1LW
2.30pm - 4.30pm
£12; conc. £8; free for under 16s
2019 is the 800th anniversary of the death of William Marshal, often referred to as England’s greatest knight. William Marshal lived through some of the most turbulent events of a turbulent age and, thanks to the rare fortune of having his biography written soon after his death, we know a fair amount about him. Born the younger son of a minor noble he was held as a hostage by King Stephen in the Anarchy and began his career as a landless knight. Nevertheless, he made his own fortune, transforming himself into a sporting superstar and the friend of kings, who ended up finally ruling as Regent of England under the young Henry III. A tournament champion and a crusader who made his name and his fortune through martial prowess and astute marriage, William is also known to have enjoyed music, both as a performer and as a listener - it was after all very much part of the courtly life. Our programme presents the music that the Marshal might have known - music of the troubadours and the trouveres and music of the church - as accompaniment to the epic life story of the Marshal.
Contact: Colchester Early Music