William Marshal

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‘The Kings’ Guard’: William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke – the real-life Barristan Selmy

‘Truth is stranger than fiction’. It’s an often-quoted cliché but one that frequently proves accurate. Real history can be more shocking, surprising, and entertaining than fiction. Ser Barristan Selmy, the Kingsguard commander who defected to Daenerys, appears to be like an idealised staple character of medieval literature. Selmy was a renowned knight who was an exceptional jouster in his youth; he was a loyal member of the Kingsguard to four kings and a figure who continued to be a force…

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