|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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ALISON WEIR AT WIGMORE - 7.00 Thursday 30th May
Best-selling author Alison Weir's books include Isabella, She-Wolf of France, The Wars of the Roses and The Princes in the Tower. This is a great opportunity to hear her at an evening in aid of St James Church. More details
IAN MORTIMER ON BBC2 - Friday 31st May
Ian is presenting a series of programmes based on his book A Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England starting on May 31st.