|Warlike, ambitious and powerful, the Mortimers bestrode the medieval stage. Inextricably linked with the great events of their time, their story is the tale of a turbulent England racked with dissension, rebellion and open warfare at home and abroad. Following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror they came from Normandy and established their power base on the border between England and Wales. As Earls of March they played a major part in the story of England. Although the main male line died out in 1425, it was a direct descendant of the Mortimers who became King Edward IV in 1461.|
As the Normans moved into Wales they established control of much of southern and eastern parts of the country pushing the native Welsh ever further north and west. The Welsh March controlled by the Normans extended from Chester in the north, through Shropshire, and Herefordshire to Chepstow in Monmouthshire, then across South Wales to Pembrokeshire. It was an area over which Norman lords and Welsh princes fought for control and the English king exercised no authority.
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8th March 2014 Pembridge - A Mortimer Village
Roger Mortimer 1st Earl of March was married to Joan de Geneville in Pembridge church in 1301. Following our AGM, Duncan James will give a talk about Pembridge and lead a tour of the church and village. Non-members are welcome to atttend and there is no charge more details
12th March 2014 The Marcher Lords - An Overview
Our Founder, John Grove, will be speaking on this fascinating subject at Usk Civic Society in the Sessions House, Maryport Street, Usk NP15 1AD. After a brief AGM at 7.30, John will be introducing some of the main personalities and examining the changing roles of the Marcher Lords over the medieval period. Watch out for Marshalls, Braoses and, of course, Mortimers. Non-members £3.
27th March 2014 The Secret Life of Blanche Mortimer
John Grove will be giving a short talk at the AGM of the Herefordshire Churches Tourist Group at 1.30pm in St Bartholomew's church, Much Marcle. Although little is known for certain about Blanche's life, John will be painting a fascinating picture based on the people and events happening around her. This is a closed meeting but MHS members may attend free - donations for refreshments.