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THE FAMILY OF L’ESTRANGE

The L’Estrange family were important Marcher lords of Wales from
the twelfth century to the Acts of Union in the sixteenth century.
Originating in Brittany, the family made their home on the Welsh
borders and were key landowners in Shropshire where they owned
a number of castles including Knockin. This lecture looks at the
service of several generations of the family to the English Crown
in the thirteenth century, leading up to the death of Llywelyn ap
Gruffudd in 1282. With its practice of intermarriage with noble
Welsh families, the dynasty of L’Estrange exemplifies the hybrid
nature of Marcher society in the Middle Ages.

 

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