Translations from the Latin


Two Royal Letters

William Marshal

(Taken from "Royal and Other Historical Letters illustrative of the Reign of Henry III" , ed The Rev. W.W. Shirley, M.A. - The Rolls Series 1862) Monument to William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, in the Temple Church, London
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Translation by Doug Thompson of Royal Letter No 763a


(May 1230)

L. prince of Aberfrau, lord of Snowdonia, to his esteemed friend E. de Braus, with love, greetings.

We ask you in so far as you might inform us regarding your wish, whether you would want to persist with the alliance made between David, our son, and I., your daughter; because she will never remain with us except that the alliance will stand. And if you would not want this, lest any worse harm might be able to happen, you would want to make known soon your will regarding that alliance and regarding the authority of your daughter with us. And you may know that in no way might we have been able to avert what judgement the magnates of our land might not do, considering what revenge they have done because of the scandal and our outrage. And whatever you will have done from there you might take the trouble to make known to us.

Translation by Doug Thompson of Royal Letter No 763b


(May 1230)

To his friend and dearest brother, lord W. Marshal, earl of Pembroke, L. prince etc.

Your grace will know that the magnates of our land might in no way control what they might not do regarding William de Breuse, the judgement which they will have made on him who engineered our deceit, by deceitfully entering our chamber, bringing shame to us in the highest way.

Whereby we ask your grace resolutely, concerning which we show the greatest trust, in so far as you may wish to show to us your will, whether you might have wished the alliance made between your niece and our son David; which, if you might have wished, on our part that alliance steadfastly and persistently stands firm. Farewell.

You may take the trouble to show to us your pleasure over this and other matters and for certain you may know that never might anything happen in us but that the friendship made between you and us is guarded steadily and inviolably forever, neither on account of the king nor on account of anything in the world. Again farewell.

And let it not disturb you that we have made these letters of mine to be sealed with our private seal, since we did not have possession of our great seal. Farewell.

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