The Mortimers and the Marches

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.

The articles listed below are intended as a very brief introduction to the history of the Mortimers in England, with the emphasis being on the main line of Mortimers of Wigmore who became Earls of March. Not all of the lords of Wigmore are mentioned here but an attempt has been made to show where they came from and how they came to prominence. The story of the Mortimers is an absorbing and colourful one, taking them to the very centre of power and political intrigue in England.

It is our intention to build this website into a major resource for the study of the Mortimers and the Marches. Over the coming months and years we intend to add a wide range of biographical articles and genealogies and a database of places and things associated with the Mortimers. We also plan to include learned articles on a range of related subjects.


1 THE ORIGINS OF THE MORTIMERS (Link)

2 THE MARCHES AND MARCHER LORDS (Link)

3 WIGMORE AND LUDLOW (Link)

4 THE RISE OF THE MORTIMERS (Link)

5 ROGER AND ISABELLA (Link)

6 THE EARLS OF MARCH (Link)

7 THE LAST MORTIMER OF WIGMORE (Link)