Three Chevrons Red - The Clares, A Marcher Dynasty in Wales, England and Ireland, by Payl R. Davis

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Three Chevrons Red - The Clares, A Marcher Dynasty in Wales, England and Ireland, by Payl R. Davis
Three Chevrons Red - The Clares, A Marcher Dynasty in Wales, England and Ireland, by Payl R. Davis

Book published by Logaston Press in 2013, 360 pages. Paperback (N5916)

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From the rear side cover: Seven hundred years ago one of the greatest dynasties of the Middle Ages was brought to a premature end on a Scottish battlefield. Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester and Hertford, Marcher baron of Glamorgan and lord of Clare, lay among the heaped corpses strewn across the blood-soaked field of Bannockburn, a casualty of one of the greatest defeats ever suffered by the English Crown. The young earl was the last male heir of a family that had ruled in Britain since the Norman Conquest, and had gained properties and titles stretching from East Anglia to the shores of western Ireland...

The Clares had been implicated in murder, treason and regicide, alternately supporting the reigning monarch and rising in revolt, seizing lands and building mighty castles to enforce their claims, and trampling over the rights of anyone beneath their status. For two and a half centuries the Clares set about amassing wealth and privileges until they became one of the richest and most powerful dynasties in the land. As Marcher lords and leading magnates the Clares were involved in the politics and wars of the Welsh border, of Ireland, of the government in England and finally and fatally in that of Scotland.

This book explores the history of the family from their origins in Normandy, through their dizzying rise to power, to the final twilight years. The tales tell of earls and clerks, of jousters and warriors, of cosmopolitan men of the world and xenophobic land-grabbers, of marriages arranged for family gain and the occasional triumph of love nurtured in secret liaisons, of war and of diplomacy, of women who stood their ground and enjoyed their widowhood.

Using a wealth of photographs, maps and reconstruction drawings, the book also explores the Clares’ enduring legacy - the great castles and manor houses they built to maintain their power and status, the monasteries they founded for the peace of their bloodstained souls, and the churches and colleges they endowed to perpetuate their name.
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