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The Curse of Oak Island Recap of the Latest Episode

The latest episode of ‘The Curse of Oak Island’ aired on February 19, 2019. However, if you didn’t get the chance to watch this episode, you must be wondering what happened. Thus, we decided to share the recap of the most recent episode of ‘The Curse of Oak Island’.

Rick and Marty discuss their findings with Matty Blake, the host of the talk show ‘Drilling Down’, an after-show about ‘The Curse of Oak Island’. The findings they discuss are antique jewelry, stones with strange carvings, pieces of parchment and leather binding, ancient human bones from Europe and the Middle East, and the mysterious Lead cross.

The Lagina brothers believe that the most significant and meaningful item they have found so far is the Medieval Lead Cross. The cross was found by Gary Drayton and Rick in Smith’s Cove. The Medieval Lead Cross originated from the 14th century from Southern France. It’s an area of Knights Templar influence. The cross was tested with a laser abrasion at the University of New Brunswick and the results showed that it doesn’t originate from North America.  Later on, it was discovered that its area of origin areof two mountains, the Cévennes, and the MontagnesNoires, in Southern France. Thus, this cross is one of the most historic finds in North America.

For 223 years, people have been searching for treasure on Oak Island, but the Lagina brothers have found several compelling clues. Nevertheless, one cannot help but wonder whether there is something otherworldly which is safeguarding this undiscovered treasure. Thus, Matty Blake takes over to discover and explore the most mysterious and strange events which have happened on the island and whether there is a curse on Oak Island.

Hence, Matty meets the Lagina brothers in the war room and they discuss the possible curse of the island. After the profound talk and the stories Rick and Marty shared, Matty is even more convinced that the curse is real.

So, Matty does on and meets Dave Blakenship who shares his experience and all the strange things he has seen while working on the island. Matty has collected many details from the Lagina brothers and their team about the strange things they have experienced on Oak Island. However, he looks back in the past where these scary stories only scratch the surface.

Matty invites a parapsychologist, Brian J. Cano, on the island who will tag the phenomenon by using thermal, infrared and electronic voice phenomenon. This is when the episode gets more exciting than ever. It gets even more interesting when they get to Money Pit to investigate paranormal activity.


Finally, Matty sits down again with the Lagina brothers and he is eager to see what they think about all the evidence he has collected. They suggest giving the tape to an audiologist to tell them what it is they heard. Rick and Marty claim that there are definitely many things they can’t explain. Moreover, they can’t say whether there is actually a curse on the island, but the island itself and the intrigue around it have been a curse for many people. In fact, it has intrigued many young minds to become interested in archaeology and maths. Whether there is a curse or not, they can’t say, but there is certainly a chance to do positive things.


The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 Episode 14 Reveals New Amazing Facts

The mysteries of Oak Island have been searching for over two centuries so far, but they are yet to be solved. Marty plans to do ten times more work in the season 6. Uncovering history will certainly gain more success.

1. The Medieval Lead Cross originated from Southern France within the area of Knights Templar influence

The lead cross was found in Smith’s Cove by Gary Drayton and Rick. Rick and Marty believe it is the most meaningful item found so far. It was tested using laser abrasion at the University of New Brunswick. After it was found that the lead cross does not originate from North America, it has been sent to Tobias Skowronek, the geochemist at the German Museum in Germany. He discovered that the cross is from pre-15th century, and is from Europe, to be exact the area of two mountains, the Cévennes, and the Montagnes Noires, in Southern France. This Medieval lead cross has an association with the Templar-influenced region in France, which makes it the most historic find in North America.

2. Seismic scanning technology was used to map the Money Pit Area

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Seismic scanning has shown as a technology that gives highly accurate results, so the team invited Eagle Canada to use that technology. They placed 1,500 dynamite charges in 2-foot deep holes, to map the Halifax Tunnel area. This much of a deep scanning has never done before, and the test was successful.

3. There is a possibility that a star map was used to indicate important points on Oak Island by the Free Masons

The team invited a new consultant, aerospace engineer, Travis Taylor, to help them figure out ways of mapping the underground Money Pit area. Taylor pointed out the possibility of the Free Masons denoting where they left treasures. He also wanted to try out radon gas testing methods.

4. A new tunnel may exist in Lot 24

British army artifacts from the time of the Ameican Revolution have been found at Lot 24, including the uniform buttons, musket balls, ramrod for loading muskets, and early rifles from the late 1700s to early 1800s. Metal detecting continues at Lot 24. Gary Drayton also discovered bone fragments, pottery shards, and possible door latch. Historic accounts claim that Portuguese, French, and British were visiting the island, but in the case found bone fragments turn out to be human, it could provide some evidence about who had been on Oak Island. After all that has been found, archeologist Laird Niven has applied for an archeological excavation permit.

5. The 90 Foot Stone may have finally been found and a second stone may mean Vikings have been there

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The original 1803 stone that was found in the pit, was discussed by the team and Laird. The stone was found in the bookbindery basement by researchers Jack, Doug, and Charles, and it had carved letters L and N on itself.

At the Money Pit area, there was a second stone found. LIDAR scan was run on it, just like on the first one. Strange runic markings on the stone are of Scandinavian origin, so there might be a possibility that Oak Island was visited by Vikings.

The Curse of Oak Island S6 E13: Has the Team Really Found the Chapple Vault?

The new episode of ‘The Curse of Oak Island’ will be the most thrilling so far. Rick and Marty Lagina and their team think that they are just about to find the treasures which are believed to be buried in Oak Island in Nova Scotia.

Until now, the team has discovered objects which were probably used by past hunters. However, the team has to determine who these past hunters were and when did the hunting take place.

In episode 13 of season 6 of ‘The Curse of Oak Island’, which is titled ‘The Paper Chase’, the team will discover more details about the unearthed items. The explorers will have different opinions which will lead to a conflict, which might hinder the exploration. Nevertheless, the team will likely resolve their issues and continue working together towards the goal they all share.

According to the synopsis for episode 13, Rick and Marty Lagina and their team might be very close to the treasures. The team believes that they already own the container holding the treasures. “A structure uncovered in Smith’s Cove perplexes the brotherhood like never before; at the Money Pit, the team finds evidence they may have discovered the legendary box believed to contain the Oak Island treasure – the elusive Chapple vault,” reads the summary for the episode.

So, we are all wondering whether the team has already found the Chapple vault. The proof that treasures can be found in Smith’s Cove are the wooden structures. All this and more will be discovered in the new episode of ‘The Curse of Oak Island’.

Moreover, the reality television series in the new episode might focus also on the details about the mysterious Runic and the Overton stones. Allegedly, the team has visited the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives last year. This visit was all about checking whether the inscriptions on the stones are similar to the markings that they found on Oak Island. However, there need to be more research conducted so they can know whether the origin of the inscriptions on the 400-pound Overton stone is connected to the Knights Templar.

You can see episode 13 of the season 6 of ‘The Curse of Oak Island’on Feb. 12 on History Channel.

The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 Episode 6 Recap


On Tuesday, December 18, the latest episode of the popular show aired on the History channel. The sixth episode of Season 6 is titled “Precious Metal”. It features Rick, Marty and their team continuing their work on of their most expensive and ambitious projects ever, the excavation at Smith’s Cove, as well as new developments in the war room.
The Urban Equipment Limited team needs 100 sections of steel sheet piling for the construction of a 525-foot long copper dam. They are doing it to seal off the cove from the ocean in order to excavate it. The team hopes to find more treasures and artifacts here, like the medieval cross Rick and Gary Drayton found last year. A finding like this could surely help solve more than two centuries old mystery of Oak Island. In addition, the dam will help them seal off an ancient water system, which was used to flow seawater into the Money Pit. This flood system is perhaps the main reason why the treasure has not yet been found by anyone. They encountered some bad weather with strong winds and rain, toughening the already dangerous and exhausting job.


Meanwhile, Rick and the team have a meeting in the war room to discuss an important new development. They talk about the lead cross they found, and which they had tested about six weeks ago at the University of New Brunswick using laser ablation. They irradiated a microscopic part of the cross with a laser beam to determine the exact materials, and where and when they came from. They found out it was not from North America, further complicating its potential Templar and European origin.

They then reached Tobias Skowronek, a geochemist at the German Mining Museum. It is a renowned museum with an impressive database of minerals and metals, and the perfect place for new and exciting information. They gave him the data and hoped for any help regarding the time and place of the origin of the cross. Marty, Rick and the team receive the news the following evening. Tobias informs them that the results are interesting. The isotopes of the cross are most likely connected not to the period between the 15th and 17th Europe, but to that preceding the 15th century, meaning it could very well be connected to the Templar’s. The team is very excited with the news.

Craig Tester and Charles Barkhousego to the Money Pit areato the Mega Bin, where a recent seismic test revealed a large mysterious board and where Dan Blankenship believes the Latrine Pit is located. The team used sonic drilling to drill the area. The process excavates samples at a pace of every 10 feet to be scanned by metal detectors and by hand. Dan is hoping to find a similar metal structure he came across in 1973, during a similar drilling project. The guys find a change in soil at around 50 feet below the surface, and go deeper, to more than 100 feet. They again come across an obstruction, hoping it is the metal object Dan found more than 40 years ago. It is actually bedrock, meaning that nothing can be down there. Obviously disappointed, at least they know where not to look for clues anymore.


Rick, Dave and Dave’s dad Danwent to the dam in the meantime to check progress. Dan has been trying to solve the island mystery for half a century, so his expertise is extremely valuable. He is amazed with the operation, and wishes to have had the resources back in his days of chasing treasures and mysteries.

Back at the war room, Judi Rudebusch arrives to inform the team on some new developments. She worked with Xena in the past, who worked closely with the brothers and their team before passing away. Judi contacted Gretchen Cornwall and John Temple, experts on the Knights Templar, and proposed a meeting between everyone. John and Gretchen researched the Templar’s for more than a decade. Gretchen wrote a book on the early 14th century Templars and offered her expertise. She believes that some Templar’s became pirates and outlaws, connecting the Jolly Roger symbol of the pirates with the ancient Templar symbol. She says the skull and bones represent Saint John the Baptist, the famous Christian Saint, who was beheaded. The Templar’s may have used the Money Pit to hide invaluable artifacts from their journeys. The pair also connects the Nolan’s cross from the Oak Island to the Templar’s, making it the key to the Money Pit. The theory is in vain unfortunately, as many details on the pit are still lacking.

The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 Episode 5, “Homecoming”,Airs Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9 pm


The teaser trailers for the new season promised that our team made big discoveries. Fans now believe they may find Money Pit tunnels in episode 5 of the new season.

By using more advanced tools and technology, they narrowed down the search area. It paid off well especially in episode 4, and episode 5 may have more excitements based on the synopsis.

“Homecoming” features the team analyzing seismic results in order to find underground anomalies. The episode summary suggests that their results may very well lead to the discovery of a network of tunnels in the Money Pit.
Fans have followed the Lagina brother sand hoped that artifacts and treasures lie in the pit. In season 5, they found connections to the Knights Templar, which further made their search intriguing. Last episode showed an artifact that might prove a Roman presence in the area, while episode 5 may present more connections to some early explorations of the island.

The full test results of the medieval cross, which they found last year,still needs to happen. They did test the Roman artifact however. Homecoming’s synopsis suggests that perhaps another major discovery could prove that French explorers came to the island too.

As of yet, it is unknown which object they will find in season 6 episode 5, butthey hope to rewrite the history of the mystery of Oak Island. Tune in this Tuesday, December 11th at 9 pm to find out more!

The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 Episode 4: Recap


The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 is underway and episode 4 has been aired. It was a long-anticipated episodes and brothers Rick and Marty Lagina have found some peculiar items in the previous episodes. And the best way to make an introduction is to see what Marty said.

“Well, we know seismic works to some extent, to the extent is yet to be determined, but we know that a new technology shows promise here. We know that, we know we have another very significant find, probably the first treasure this year. We know that we were much more focused on information and results of experiments and then we are actually searching at depth – but we’re going to search at depth so we’re just trying to hone it in, we’re trying to you know cross all the T’s and dot all the i’s and then dig.”

Keep reading to find out what happened in the fourth episode of Oak Island Season 6. But first, a slight revision for those who have just tuned in!

There is an island in the North Atlantic where people have been looking for an incredible treasure for more than 200 years. So far,the brothers and their team have found a stone slab with strange symbols carved into it mysterious fragments of human bone and a LED cross whose origin may stretch back to the days of the Knights Templar.To this date, six men have died trying to solve the mystery and according to legend 7 needs to die before the treasure can be found.

The beginning


The episode starts with the way it ended when the team found a curious crossbow that is considered to be very old.
it is the end of another long day on Oak Island as Rick Lagina, Craig Tester and members of their team gathered to inform Rick’s brother Marty and area archaeologist about a new and potentially important discovery. They showed them what they found and what they believed it was.

Earlier this same day, while metal detecting at the beachfront on lot 26, Jack and geophysicist Mike West discovered an unusual metal object approximately 10 inches beneath the rocky soil.It was used as a deadly weapon as early as the 7th century BC – the crossbow was for its time a type of high-tech bow and arrow one that could shoot projectiles with great speed deadly accuracy. The arrows or bolts were so finely sharpened they could even penetrate metal armor.


A medieval crossbow bolt found in the shore of Oak Island? But if so, how did it get here? Could it be connected in some way to the lead cross found at Smith’s Cove last year? These are all questions they needed answers.
Meanwhile Rick said: “it’s clearly very interesting what they found this so-called crossbow bolt, very interesting, a very out of place. I mean it’s an interesting object there’s no question about it, it’s unlike anything we’ve ever found before. More significant than the cross!

The drilling continues

The next day, Rick Lagina Craig Tester and Charles Barkhouse head over to the area known as the money pit. They are in the early stages of finding out if recently conducted seismic testing has allowed them to pinpoint the precise location of the original treasure site first discovered in 1795.Just one day ago, the team drilling began at a new 6.5-inch wide borehole known as D6. At a depth of 93 feet they discovered evidence of a horizontal would be followed by a three-foot void. It was at this same depth that recent seismic scanning of the areas revealed what could be a network of underground tunnels.


Is it possible that Rick Marty and their partners have actually located one of the legendary booby-trapped flood tunnels? The tunnels which many believe were constructed in order to prevent searchers from finding this centuries-old treasure vault?


Although the team is encouraged by locating a possible tunnel they are even more hopeful to reach another one of the intriguing anomalies that was detected by seismic scanning – a nearly 30-foot-wide void at a depth of approximately 170 feet. It was at this depth, last year, that the team, while drilling with a 60-inch wide steel caisson, encountered what they believe could be the legendary Chappell vault – a 7-foot tall wood box first discovered by treasure hunters William Chappell and Frederick Blair in 1897. However, instead of penetrating the vault the caisson is believed to have actually pushed the mysterious object further down into the mud and off to the side.

Impenetrable Object

While drilling a new borehole in the money pit area the Oak Island team has just found an object at a depth of some 200 feet deep underground, an object that seems impossible to penetrate.They would believe that they have encountered the Money Pit, but now, after hitting the bedrock, they were disappointed. It means they may have missed the large underground anomaly that was indicated on the 3D map created by the team’s recent seismic scanning. It also means they will be forced to choose a different site in the hopes of locating the legendary Chappell vault…

Marty: “We certainly didn’t hit the center of the anomaly and you know that’s good and bad news but as long as the drill is down hole there’s hope.”

Examining the Iron


The next day, as Rick Lagina remains on the island to begin planning the team’s next steps,his brother Marty Craig Tester and Marty’s son Alex heads some 50 miles northeast of Oak Island to St. Mary’s University in the city of Halifax.They are meeting once again with associate professor of chemistry Dr. Krista Bruce, an expert in the study of metals and their chemical compositions.They are hoping to find out if scientific testing on what they believe to be a crossbow bolt.

Using samples carefully collected from the surface of the artifact,Dr. Bristow and her colleague Dr. Shawn Yang performed a chemical analysis of the metal with the help of a high-powered scanning electron microscope or SEM.


What’s SEM?

Unlike traditional microscopes which rely on a combination of light and lenses to magnify objects, the SEM performs scans with a focused beam of electrons which can produce magnification as much as 200 thousand times greater than an object’s actual size. it can also provide a detailed analysis of the items chemical composition.
And besides iron, manganese was found to be a part of the bolt! Manganese?

Manganese was used in the production of steel and iron at the beginning of the 9th century BC. It’s presence in the sample could be an indication that the Oak Island team may be in possession of something far older than what they first thought possible.

Cofferdam Construction Continues…

Following his informative trip to St. Mary’s University Craig Tester has arrived back on Oak Island to Smith’s Cove, where one of the team’s most ambitious and expensive projects is well underway – the construction of a massive 525-foot-long steel cofferdam!

Since construction of the cofferdam began, just one week ago the team from Urban Equipment Limited has installed nine out of the nearly 120 sections of steel sheet pilings that will form the watertight barrier. Once completed, it will allow the site to be fully drained so that it can be excavated not only in the hope of finding historically significant artifacts but also the remains of the legendary box drain flooding system that has effectively booby-trapped the entire money pit area.While Craig continues to oversee the cofferdam construction at Smith’s Cove, Rick Lagina has called members of the Oak Island team together for an important meeting in the war room.

The Dramatic News


Rick’s close friend, ZenaHalpern has passed away at the age of 88 which comes with great sadness for him and the rest of the team. The New York-based author and historian spent more than 50 years researching possible journeys to North America by members of the Knights Templar, journeys that she was convinced were made centuries before the so-called discovery of the new world by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Two years ago Zena presented Rick Lagina and the team with a number of intriguing documents including one which she believed to be a 14th century Templar map of Oak Island.

Rick was very emotional and at the edge of his tears, he said: “Zena had very serious health issues and our health was filmed, to be honest as sad as we are by Zena’s passing I am immensely grateful for having met her. Can’t speak highly enough about her. Her life has certainly impacted my own.”

He also read this: “My heart is heavy at the loss of our dear friend Zena. She was a sweet but tough woman in love with history I’m comforted in believing she now has all the answers to all of the questions she ever had about history. As she listens to her creator she now knows the full history of Oak Island and what lies below the beautiful surface. I am thankful to have known her. I love you Zena. Rest my dear friend.”


Visit to Her Home

Three days after learning the news of his friends passing, Rick Lagina along with his nephew Peter Fornetti travel some 800 miles southwest of Oak Island to Visit Zena’s former home in Long Island New York.
They are pouring through more than 50 years of research collected by the noted author during her lifetime research. Rick hopesthat may help him and his partners solve the Oak Island mystery.

The Cremona Document

Rick and his friends found a lot of interesting stuff at Zena’s home and one of the papers was the Cremona Document
The Cremona document discovered during the 1970s in a church in Cremona Italy. The so-called Cremona document is a collection of maps, ciphers and journal entries which are believed to have been authored in part by the 12th century Templar knight Ralph de Sudeley. It describes his activity at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where he is believed to have discovered priceless religious artifacts such as the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. It also details the voyage that he made to North America with other members of the Knights Templar. Although many mainstream historians remain skeptical as to the Colonna documents authenticity, Rick Lagina is convinced that much of the information contained within it, is most likely true.


Return to Oak Island

The next day, following this emotional trip, the team returns to the island and at the money pit site, the drilling has begun at a second location. They are hopeful they will soon reach a mysterious 30-foot-wide void located at a depth of some 170 feet and which was identified earlier by seismic scanning.

Using a specialized sonic drill, the drilling team extracts core samples of Earth and any objects contained within at intervals every 10 feet these samples are then transferred into a plastics layer so that they can be carefully examined by hand for any important clues or possible treasure.

An Amazing Discovery

The thing which is found here may be small, but it is quite relevant. It is coconut fiber!
In 1804, when the money pit was excavated by the Onslow company, searchers reported finding a large amount of coconut fiber at a depth of 60 feet. Given that the nearest coconut trees are located some 1500 miles south of Nova Scotia, they concluded that it had been used to make a kind of room that would enable depositors and followers something of great value down into the shell.

Could the discovery of coconut fiber be an important indication that Rick, Marty and the team have finally located the site of the original money pit?There are plenty of questions that still need to be answered.
What do you think of the fourth episode of the show?

William Marshal – The greatest knight in history

The story of William Marshal spans from 1147-1219 or, basically, from the reign of King Stephen through to Henry III. Marshall was born in the anarchy of the civil war, but he managed to live long enough to be around the establishment of the Magna Carta in 1215, and to be honest, these two historical events are not the best that happened to him or around him. William Marshall is considered one of the greatest knights in known history, and today you will find out why!

The biggest number of things we know about William is from the “L’Histoire de Guillaume le Marechal” or translated “The History of William Marshal.” If you didn’t know, this is a poem commissioned by Marshal’s eldest son and written in 1226 by a man who claimed to have known Marshal in his prime. This poem is also considered to be the first biography written by a simple man about another one that was not a King himself. It tells a story of William Marshal, a landless knight who frequented tournaments and died as the Earl of Pembroke and the regent of the whole of England. According to this poem, William managed to serve five Angevin kings, and he is (arguably) the man to thank for the salvation of the Plantagenet dynasty which survived for another 250 years.

You would think that these deeds would be enough for the chroniclers to praise him wherever they got a chance, but it simply didn’t happen. Many believe that this was because of his low birth but also because of the gaps in his lifespan that have not been filled to this day. In this piece, you will read about William’s life, get an insight in the uniqueness that is Marshal and his importance in the English history.

The early life

William was born in 1147, and he was the fourth son to John FitzGilbert, who was at the time Marshal of King Stephen’s court. Since John was of no political importance to King Stephen and since he did not have a land of his own, John turned his allegiance to Matilda. This was undoubtedly an act of treason, but in harsh times back then, while the anarchy bloomed, it was pretty normal and occurring thing. Due to his betrayal, King Stephen besieged John and demanded to surrender his five-year-old son, William, as a hostage. Since he did not care about his son’s safety, (and believed that he could easily make more), John broke a truce which directly put his son William in harm’s way. Thanks to William’s youthful innocence and King Stephen admiration, his life was spared.

William spent his childhood like any other regular boy of the lower nobility, and sometime later managed to find his way into the house of his cousin – William de Tancarville, the Chamberlain of Normandy. From 1167, William made a name for himself in tournament circles, where the main goal was to teach boys how to become men, learn to fight and prepare for war. Another purpose of these tournaments was to capture and ransom your opponent, and William really excelled in that, which is why he grew so popular. One thing in life pretty much defined him and what he will become, and it is the time when he stopped a noblewoman running away with a monk (a shameful and criminal act at the time). This made him appear as a form of knightly law enforcer, and he very much fancied that role.

During his life, he managed to find himself in a lot of places, and one of those was France, where he helped his uncle, Earl Patrick of Salisbury to put down a rebellion started by the de Lusignan family. In that battle, his uncle was killed and he was imprisoned. Thankfully, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most famous Queen of the Middle Ages, paid for his ransom and returned him to her husband, England’s Henry II, and the household of their 13-year-old son, Henry, the heir apparent.

The time under Angevins

The period around 1270 and Henry II just crowned his son as a king. Known as Henry the Young King, the boy was obsessed with tournaments rather than politics, which is why he spent a lot of his money chasing glory. This is the thing that went under arm for one man, and you probably guessed it, William Marshal. Right beside Henry the Young King and his friends, our William found his home and peace. At the time he was head of his household and with a very important task at hands – to teach the young king the chivalric ways of knighthood. William’s importance there was too big, and just one part of that was shown with a single gesture – Marshal was the one that knighted the young king. During this period William got the taste of his first divided loyalties. Back then Henry and his brothers constantly rebelled against their father and wanted more, real power. William had a tough task there since he had to decide where does his allegiance lies, with the rebels (to the man he was sworn to and the man who would one day be king) or the King.

Naturally, this was the period when William started making enemies in and around the court. They have tried everything to discredit him, and the most successful thing was the rumor that he had slept with the wife of Henry the young King. Marshall refuted these accusations and demanded a trial by combat but he was denied of those wishes, and he was kicked out of the court. After this persecution, William took a long time to return to the aristocratic scene, but thankfully, all that time was not wasted in vain. During this tough period, he found his worth and calling.

Thanks to the fact that he was a night without land, on his visits to tournaments he got very lucrative contracts from powerful men such as the Count of Flanders and the Duke of Burgundy. You have to imagine those tournaments as any kind of high-paying sport. Best players in it get to be picked by the most powerful men. What is a bit peculiar is that William refused these contracts in favor of continuing on his own. In 1183 Henry II had another dispute with his son and that is when William Marshal decided to return to court. When he returned he did something incredible – he asked Henry II if he can join his son against him, and surprisingly the King allowed it in hopes that William’s influence will be enough to make his son stop his revolt. However, something else happened. In 1183, Henry the Young King, aged 28, died of illness.

After the death of Young King Henry, William embarked on a crusade, but not the regular one as we know about it. It was a personal crusade in honor of his deceased friend. Interestingly enough this crusade to Holy Land went totally unrecorded and we know nothing about the endeavors of William Marshal. Whether it is because it was too personal to write or simply because he did not reveal what happened to anyone who could relay it after his death, we will never know, but one thing is for sure, William achieved in two years what most knights had done in seven.

During his personal crusade, Marshal managed to get together with Knights Templar, and during their time together managed to find himself in the Levant just before the 1187 Battle of Hattin, which was a major turning point in history. King Henry II paid for William Marshal’s entire crusade and upon his return accepted him into his household. This was the boost and incentive for the knight to swiftly go through the ranks and end up as King’s most trusty advisor. The king also promised him the one thing that will turn his life around – a wealthy heiress for a wife – Isabel de Clare. She was the heiress to a vast amount of land in southern Wales and Ireland, and if William married her, he would become Earl of Pembroke.

Earl and Regent, defender of the realm

King Henry II still struggled with his sons and this time William sided with the king. In one of the battles, he was helping Henry II to retreat and to save the king charged at the heir to the throne, Richard, killing his horse from under him. Thanks to this William was in a bad spot back then, not only could he have killed the king’s eldest son, he had now attacked the future king, the man he would have to serve and obey to keep his newly-found status. After King Henry II died in 1189, William was left for dry, and he and his friends feared for his wellbeing. After the new king, Richard I, the Lionheart, took the throne he confronted William Marshal about the attack on him, and William defended that he did not want to kill him and that he struck his sword precisely where he meant to. Since Richard I the Lionheart appreciated loyalty he decided to keep William around, and in the following years and events that proved to be the right choice.

King John (reigned 1199 to 1216) as it turned out to be, was a very difficult task for both William Marshal and England as well. He was famous for his harshness towards his barons, which didn’t sit well with William. King John was a very paranoid person, and because of that, he became very closed and isolated. That costed him of Normandy in 1204 and once again when he failed to win it back, he got excommunicated by Pope Innocent III, and was deeply uninspiring to his barons. During this tough period, Marshal spent the most time with his family in Ireland. In Leinster, he managed to show just how good of a manager he is and created a thriving and economically successful area of land to the benefit to all those who lived there. Although King John never appreciated him as much as he should, (he called him a traitor), William was one of the few people who rushed to aid his King when he got in trouble with the barons in 1211.

In 1215 King John was backed to a wall and had no other choice than to sign one of the most important documents in history, the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta put the King below the law and not above it which is something King John quickly tried to change by causing a civil war. This war allowed for the rebels to call the Dauphine, Louis, to England to take the throne for himself. In 1216 after a heavy defeat King John died. William stayed loyal to him to the very end and remained somewhat of a neutral baron all the time which was welcomed by both sides. This brought him another benefit, and it is the first choice to become regent until John’s nine-year-old son, Henry, the future Henry III, came of age.

This was the time when William reached his full power. He started from nothing and climbed his way up to the ruler of the whole of England, with a colossal task at hands. He had to balance the situation between the Crown and Louis and the rebels who controlled most of the country. Thanks to his great wisdom and experience he managed the situation very well. He gained the support of many rebellious and neutral barons as well as the opportunity to lead a massive charge for the King against the rebels and French at the Battle of Lincoln in 1217. As you all know, the English won the battle, and the civil war was swiftly won with a victory at sea, sealed by a treaty. On May 24th, 1219, aged 72, and at the peak of his career, William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke and Regent of England, died. He died a Knight’s Templar, making his life journey complete.

The Legacy

It was time for the eulogy, and boy was it some eulogy. Starting from the Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury to Philip II of France there was nothing but words of praise, admiration and a hint of veneration. He remains as one of the greatest knights who had ever lived, especially when you consider the fact that he lived in a period riddled with conflicts and military confrontations. William Marshal was clearly a clever, well-measured man and a survivor. He came on top of a crusade, life-threatening injuries, and on top of all, singlehandedly lead a charge on a castle, as well as charge into battle at the age of 70.

If that is not enough for everyone’s awe, then just remember that he managed to balance his way through the temperament of three of the most notoriously bad-tempered kings in English history. He was by their side all the time and offered them his counsel due to his wisdom and discretion, but most importantly due to his honesty. Last but not least is the fact that he reprinted the Magna Carta in his regency, something not often mentioned and known.