Saturday, January 17, 2015

Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk, Marshall of England

This is the last figure from the FireForge Mounted MAA kit. He's painted up as Sir Roger Bigod, Marshal of England under Edward I.
He bears the arms of the Marshal of England, first made famous by William Marshal a generation or so before Sir Roger.
Along with most notables of the time, Sir Roger was present at Falkirk in 1298. However, he is more notably remembered for successfully challenging Edward I's order to campaign in France.
Edward had ordered Sir Roger to go to Gascony while the king would go separately to Flanders. Sir Roger challenged the king by stating he was only compelled to campaign overseas while in the company of the king himself. An outraged Edward stated, "By God, Earl, you shall either go or hang." To which the earl famously retorted, "By the same oath, O king, I will neither go nor hang."
Edward must have respected the earl as he departed for France without him. The earl died in 1306, after being a bit of thorn in the king's side. For instance, the earl actively prevented collection of funds for Edward's French campaigns.

14 comments:

  1. More great brushwork, Dean. Fascinating history lesson too. These knights were a bunch characters, were they not?

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. They definitely were formidable on and off the battlefield. Best, Dean

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  2. Your Knight are beatiful! Great colours!

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  3. Lovely work, Dean, you´re awesome at being awesome! - pardon a bit of silly "trivia": in Portuguese, "bigode" means.. moustache! :) Cheers!

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  4. Beautiful painting once again Dean and a great history lesson as well.

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  5. Thank you all very much for the great comments one and all. Warm regards, Dean

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  6. Excellent work as ever Dean , and your lion heraldry is simply superb! How on earth did you do that so accurately - and several times over!
    Best wishes,
    Jason

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  7. He looks just great and will fit in very nicely among all his other lovely painted peers!

    Christopher

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  8. Wow superb brush work. Inspiring

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    1. Thank you very much, Tom. Appreciate your kind words, Dean

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