See also:Richard, 5th baron Talbot, by Ankaret, heiress of the last
See also:Strange of Blackmere . He was married before 1404 to Maud Neville, heiress of the barons Furnivall, and in her right summoned to parliament from 1409 . In 1421 by the
See also:death of his niece he acquired the baronies of Talbot and Strange . From 1404 to 1413 he served with his elder
See also:Gilbert in the Welsh war . Then for five years from
See also:February 1414 he was
See also:lieutenant of
See also:Ireland, where he held the
See also:honour of
See also:Wexford . He did some fighting, and had a
See also:quarrel with the
See also:earl of
See also:Ormonde . Complaints were made against him both for harsh
See also:government in Ireland and for violence in
See also:Herefordshire . From 1420 to 1424 he served in France . In 1425 he was again for a
See also:time lieutenant in Ireland . So far his career was that of a turbulent lord of the
See also:Marches, employed in posts where a rough
See also:hand was useful . In 1427 he went again to France, where he fought with distinction in Maine and at the
See also:siege of
See also:Orleans; but his exploits were those of a
See also:good fighter rather than of general, and it was his stubborn rashness that was chiefly to blame for the
See also:English defeat at Patay in
See also:June 1429 . After Patay Talbot was four years a prisoner .
See also:release he became one of the foremost of the English captains . In 1434 he recovered the
See also:county of Clermont, next
See also:year took
See also:part in the siege of St Denys, and in 1436 by reducing and harrying the revolted Pays de Caux saved
See also:Normandy . He was rewarded with the offices of captain of
See also:Rouen and marshal of France . During five years as a dashing fighter he was the mainstay of the English cause . His chief exploits were the defeat of the Burgundians before Crotoy in 1437 and the recovery of
See also:Harfleur in 1440 . In 1442 during a visit to England he was created earl of
See also:Shrewsbury . In
See also:November he was back in France besieging
See also:Dieppe; but " fared so foul with his men that they would no longer abide with him " and was forced to break the siege (
See also:Chronicles of
See also:London, p . 150) . In
See also:March 1445 he was once more sent to Ireland, where he used his old methods, so that the Irish said " there came not from the time of Herod any one so wicked in evil deeds." In 1449 he served for a short time in Normandy . When in 1452 the Gascons appealed for English help, Shrewsbury was the natural
See also:leader of the expedition . He landed in
See also:Aquitaine on the 17th of
See also:October .
See also:Bordeaux and the surrounding
See also:district returned quickly to their old
See also:allegiance, and in the following summer Shrewsbury captured Fronsac .
See also:July the French besieged Castillon . Shrewsbury hurried to its
See also:relief, and with foolhardy valour attacked the enemy in their entrenched
See also:camp without waiting for his
See also:artillery . The English and Gascon footmen charged in vain in
See also:face of the French
See also:cannon, until Shrewsbury and the flower of his troops had fallen . This happened in July 1453 and was the end of the English
See also:rule in
See also:Gascony . Shrewsbury's fighting qualities made him something of a popular hero, and in the doggerel of the
See also:day he was " Talbot our good
See also:dog," whose valour was brought to nought by the treason of
See also:Suffolk . But in truth though a brave soldier he was no general . He was twice married, his second wife being
See also:Margaret, eldest daughter of Richard Beauchamp, earl of
See also:Warwick . He was alleged to be eighty years old at his death; probably he was about sixty-five .
COUNTESS OF ELIZABETH TALBOT SHREWSBURY (1518–16o...
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