The young Mortimer was left in charge, assisted by William Scrope. Like Strongbow and De Lacy after Henry II, they were kept busy putting down rebellions, burning and plundering, especially in Ulster. Continue reading The Marauding Mortimers #4: Roger Mortimer, Heir to the Throne
Roger and Joan are the parents of the woman whose body was discovered in the church at Much Marcle in Herefordshire in January 2014. Later descendents reputedly include Sir Winston Churchill, the present British Royal Family, and George Washington. Continue reading The Marauding Mortimers #3 – Hanged or Beheaded?
Roger’s epitaph, engraved on his tomb at Wigmore Abbey reads: Here lies buried, glittering with praise, Roger the pure, Roger Mortimer the second, called Lord of Wigmore by those who held him dear. While he lived all Wales feared his power, and given as a gift to him all Wales remained his. It knew his campaigns, he subjected it to torment. Continue reading The Marauding Mortimers #2 – Scourge of the Welsh
This Roger was the first of four men with the same name whose influence on English and Irish history were to be considerable over the next two centuries Continue reading The Marauding Mortimers #1 of 4