William Talbot
Armoring, Shoemaking

Order of the Laurel

Modern Name: Doug Strong
Specialties: Armoring, Shoemaking
Elevated by: Comar II & Lisa II
Elevation Date: 1992-02-14

Sir William Talbot, Lord of Muckley (Formerly known as Talbot Mac Taggart) was born on the vigil of the feast of the nativity of the Virgin Mary, in the year of the Lord 1356. He was the first-born son of Sir Edward Talbot, and Lady Elizabeth De Beaumont. Although Edward and Elizabeth descend from prominent families, both hail from lesser branches derived from second and third sons for generations. Sir Edward’s father, Sir Robert Talbot died at the battle of Crecy (1346.) Upon Robert’s death, his eldest brother, Sir John Talbot, grabbed up most of Robert’s lands leaving little for his third son Edward. Following this period, Sir Edward owned no lands outside of Yorkshire. By Edward’s death in 1379 there was little more left to pass on to his son William than the manor and village of Muckley. Muckley is a small village in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name is of Norse derivation meaning "dung clearing" or "dung field." When the Vikings found it must have been every bit the dismal place it is today. It’s first known occupants were in residence only briefly. Eric Bloodaxe, Viking ruler of the city of York ordered a military camp to be established to keep a lookout for approaching enemies on the hill upon which now sits Muckley Manor. This base was abandoned after less than a year when it was discovered that nobody ever went through this area. However, the camp was there long enough to establish a small village that remained even after the Norsemen pulled out. The village now consists of 18 (more or less) squalid hovels a small parish church and the manor house. Historically the place was unremarkable except that in the late 12th century, King John and his entourage rode through the village and stopped for water on their way to the city of York. To this day the well bears the name of "King John’s Well." Not much else of note has happened in this village. A few minor skirmishes have happened near the village, most of them taking place before the Talbots came to these parts, in the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maude. Sir Edward was able to secure a strong position for his son. At the age of nine Young William became a page and eventually a squire to Sir Geoffey, lord Grey, Earl of Northumberland. William therefore went to live far from his father’s home in Sir Geoffry's castle on the Scottish border. There he was taught how to ride, hunt and learned all of the intricate rules for proper manners at the feast table and in the king's court. Most enjoyable for a lad, he was trained in the duties of a knight and in the use of arms! Sir Edward Talbot had to cast his marriage nets far a field to secure a marriage for his son William that will return his family to higher standing. Sir William’s wife Lady Amy Talbot, is the 15th daughter of the powerful Baron Richard d’Aubernon of Surrey. Lord Richard was eager to make this match, with a northern knight not so much for political reasons but to find a mate for his youngest daughter who required very little in way of a dowry. While Sir William's social standing may not directly benefit from this marriage he strongly suspects that his children may be able to use this link to the more powerful family to their best advantage. Their children are Charles and Elizabeth Talbot. In 1376, Edward the Black Prince was struck with a mortal stomach illness. This is no way for a warrior of great skill to die. Better that he should have died in battle rather than his bed. Sir William Talbot made the journey to Canterbury to witness the great funeral procession at Canterbury Cathedral. Just one year later his father, the king died as well. Some say his heart was broken over the loss of the flower of English chivalry, Edward, Prince of Wales. After the death of a king comes the Coronation of the next. Next in line of succession was Richard the young son of the Black Prince. The country was ablaze with excitement! In such a short time they had lost their prince, they lost their king and a child was to be crowned king of England. No one knew what to expect. Good king Edward had reigned for 50 glorious years, and Sir William greatly feared that the young king's uncle might provide him with evil council and plunge England into a state of civil war. Luckily for all, his fears were never realized. It was at the coronation of King Richard II that Sir William ever swore fealty to a king other than Edward III. He was 21 the king was 10. The first serious test of the strength of Richard's England came when the king was 14 years old. It was in the 1381 that the peasants were incited to revolt against the nobility. Unbelievably, they had begun to believe that they were being treated unfairly, demanding that all lordship should be abolished. Imagine the idea that all men, nobles and peasants alike, should be treated as equals. That is as absurd as thinking that a pure blooded, well-trained warriors stallion is equal to a tired swaybacked plow horse. Sir William was assigned to hold his lands as a defense against the peasants as they marched on London. Unfortunately, the peasant army got no were near Muckley and he saw no fighting. Longing for glory Sir William rode forth to London to defend it against a rabble and he was there when their leader the fowl Wat Tyler was struck down and killed by the gallant William Wallworth and the power and glory of his majesty king Richard was restored. Unfortunately Sir William could gain little public acclaim from killing peasants though he will tell tales of his role in this glorious expedition to anyone who will listen to him for years to come. Now, in his advanced years his warrior days are over, and he devotes himself to the gentler arts. Sir William is extremely fond of the poetry of that new writer, Geoffrey Chaucer