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RESOURCES

Welcome to the Resources page for William Marshal Tours

PREFERRED TRAVEL AGENT

We know that you’re too busy to scour the web for the best rates on airfare. If you’re booking one of our scheduled group tours, our sister company, Time Travel Adventures, can assist with your flight arrangements — even if you prefer to book using airline points. They’re a CCRA-certified Travel Agency with many years’ experience sourcing flights and hotels and they can help. Request a free quote!

BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH A DEDICATED TRAVEL AGENT

  • Complete management of all flights segments.
  • One way, round trip, or multiple-city segments.
  • Individuals, BFFs & couples (1-4 passengers).
  • Small or large groups (5-12+ passengers).
  • Optional travel before and/or after your scheduled tour.
  • All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).

WHY EVERYONE SHOULD USE A TRAVEL AGENT IN 2018

by Cheryl Rosen

As business for 2018 begins to build, we asked travel agents why they think travelers should never travel without an advisor behind them heading into the New Year.

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    We want to make sure you get the most from WorldNomads.com. You can find out more about why travel insurance is important for your trip. If you have any questions about your travel insurance or travel safety in general, please contact WorldNomads.com directly.

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TRAVEL TIPS

Packing List

These travel tips will help you prepare for your trip abroad and, consequently, become an ace at traveling the world. Experienced travelers typically plan ahead and so begin their journeys as lightly as possible, leaving room to pick up things abroad. But every traveler is different. It would be impossible for us to tell you exactly what to bring on your trip; therefore I’ve included a variety of useful links below.
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK?

FOODS

KEVIN DUNDON’S MODERN IRISH FOOD

BEST IRISH COOKBOOK:
KEVIN DUNDON’S MODERN IRISH FOOD

Kevin Dundon takes on time-honoured, traditional dishes and ingredients and gives them a twist as only he can.

10 MUST-TRY MENU ITEMS IN IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC:
10 MUST-TRY MENU ITEMS IN IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND

by Kathleen M. Mangan

The Emerald Isle has long had the raw ingredients for world-class cuisine and top-notch drinks.

WHAT TO READ?

BOOKS

THE GREATEST KNIGHT (2009) BY ELIZABETH CHADWICK

Royal protector. Loyal servant. Forgotten hero. A penniless young knight with few prospects, William Marshal is plucked from obscurity when he saves the life of Henry II’s formidable queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

THE SCARLET LION (2010) BY ELIZABETH CHADWICK

William Marshal’s skill with a sword and loyalty to his word have earned him the company of kings, the lands of a magnate, and also the hand of Isabelle de Clare, one of England’s wealthiest heiresses.

A PLACE BEYOND COURAGE (2012) BY ELIZABETH CHADWICK

Sometimes keeping your honor means breaking your word. The early twelfth century is a time for ambitious men to prosper.

TO DEFY A KING (2011)BY ELIZABETH CHADWICK

To Defy a King is a riveting novel of family loyalty and betrayal, featuring Mahelt, the daughter of William Marshal — one of Chadwick’s, and history’s — most beloved characters.

WILLIAM MARSHAL AND IRELAND (NOV 2016) BY JOHN BRADLEY, CÓILIN Ó DRISCEOIL & MICHAEL POTTERTON, EDITORS.

This book presents the proceedings of a conference held in Kilkenny to mark the 800th anniversary of William Marshal’s charter to the town.

WILLIAM MARSHAL (2016) BY DAVID CROUCH

David Crouch’s William Marshal, now in its third edition, depicts this intriguing medieval figure as a ruthless opportunist, astute courtier, and manipulative politician,  and a brutal but efficient soldier.

THE HISTORY OF WILLIAM MARSHAL (2016), TRANSLATED BY NIGEL BRYANT

The History of William Marshal is the earliest surviving biography of a medieval knight. Indeed it is the first biography of a layman in the vernacular in European history.

THE GREATEST KNIGHT: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF WILLIAM MARSHAL, THE POWER BEHIND FIVE ENGLISH THRONES (2015) BY THOMAS ASBRIDGE

A renowned scholar brings to life medieval England’s most celebrated knight, William Marshal, while also providing an unprecedented and intimate view of this age and the legendary warrior class that
shaped it.

THE ACTS AND LETTERS OF THE MARSHAL FAMILY: MARSHALS OF ENGLAND AND EARLS OF PEMBROKE, 1145-1248 (2015) EDITED BY DAVID CROUCH

This collection represents the surviving output of the clerks of the men and women of the most powerful magnate dynasty in England, Wales and Ireland in the thirteenth century.

THE KNIGHT WHO SAVED ENGLAND: WILLIAM MARSHAL AND THE FRENCH INVASION, 1217 (2014) BY RICHARD BROOKS

This is the fascinating story William Marshal who negotiated the brutal realities of medieval warfare and the conflicting demands of chivalric ideals, and who against the odds defeated the joint French and rebel forces in arguably the most important battle in medieval English history – overshadowing even Agincourt.

WILLIAM MARSHAL: THE FLOWER OF CHIVALRY (1987) BY GEORGES DUBY

Georges Duby, one of this century’s great medieval historians, has brought to life with exceptional brilliance and imagination William Marshal, adviser to the Plantagenets, as well as knight extraordinaire, the flower of chivalry.

WILLIAM MARSHAL EARL OF PEMBROKE (2007) BY CATHERINE ARMSTRONG

This biography of William Marshal also includes the history of his father, John fitz Gilbert, his father-in-law, Richard ‘Strongbow’ de Clare, and Marshal’s two eldest sons, William II and Richard.

WHAT TO WATCH?

MOVIES

THE QUIET MAN (1952) STARS JOHN WAYNE & MAUREEN O’HARA

Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past.

WAKING NED DEVINE (1998)
IAN BANNEN, DAVID KELLY, & FIONNULA FLANAGAN

The lucky winner of the national lottery is Ned Devine, so taken by his good fortune that he now can’t be waked, because he died from the shock of it!

MY LEFT FOOT (1989)
DANIEL DAY LEWIS & BRENDA FRICKER

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family.

ANGELA’S ASHES (1999)
EMILY WATSON & ROBERT CARLYLE

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick.

THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH (1994)
DIRECTED BY JOHN SAYLES

10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland.

THE COMMITMENTS (1991)
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY RODDY DOYLE

Funny, musical and occasionally dramatic, this is the story of tumultuous rise and fall of a Dublin Soul band, The Commitments.

MICHAEL COLLINS (1996)
LIAM NEESON & AIDAN QUINN

Neil Jordan’s depiction of the controversial life and death of Michael Collins, the “Lion of Ireland,” who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922.

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993)
DANIEL DAY LEWIS & PETE POSTLETHWAITE

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London.

THE FIELD (1990)
RICHARD HARRIS, JOHN HURT & SEAN BEAN

“Bull” McCabe’s family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land.

INTERMISSION (2003)
CILLIAN MURPHY, KELLY MACDONALD, COLIN FARRELL

Intermission is an urban love story about people adrift and their convoluted journeys in the search for some kind of love.

THE SECRET OF KELLS (2009)

Magic fantasy and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times.

PHILOMENA (2013)

Academy Award-Winner Judi Dench stars as Philomela, a woman who alongside a grumpy reporter, Steve Coogan, journeys to America to find the child she put up for adoption so many years ago.

WHAT TO HEAR?

MUSIC

THE CHIEFTAINS, ESSENTIAL COLLECTION (2006)

The original traditional Irish folk band, as far as anyone who came of age in the 1970s or ’80s is concerned, is the Chieftains.

THE DUBLINERS, 25 YEARS CELEBRATION (2009)

Nearly three decades since they first came together during informal sessions at O’Donoghue’s Pub in Dublin, the Dubliners remain one of the most influential of Ireland’s traditional folk bands.

PLANXTY, THE PLANXTY COLLECTION (2005)

Planxty is an Irish folk music band formed in January 1972, consisting initially of Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, and Liam O’Flynn.

SHARON SHANNON, SHARON SHANNON COLLECTION 1990-2005 (2006)

Sharon Shannon is an Irish musician best known for her work with the accordion and for her fiddle technique.

ENYA, THE CELTS (1992)

With her blend of folk melodies, synthesized backdrops, and classical motifs, Enya created a distinctive style that more closely resembled new age than the folk and Celtic music that provided her initial influences.

CLANNAD, THE ESSENTIAL
CLANNAD (2012)

Clannad bridged the gap between traditional Celtic music and pop.

CHRISTY MOORE, LIVE IN
DUBLIN (2006)

The older brother of Irish folk-pop singer/songwriter Luka Bloom (Barry Moore), Christy Moore is one of contemporary Irish music’s best singer/songwriters.

THE IRISH TENORS, THE VERY BEST OF THE IRISH TENORS (2010)

The three Irish Tenors are John McDermott, Ronan Tynan, and Anthony Kearns.

THE HIGH KINGS, LIVE IN IRELAND (2011)

Essentially the male version of Celtic Woman, the High Kings are a contemporary Celtic quartet under the musical direction of David Downes of Riverdance fame.

CELTIC WOMAN, CELTIC WOMAN (2005)

Celtic Woman is a female vocal ensemble that performs a mix of Celtic, new age, and adult contemporary music.

U2, RATTLE & HUM (1988)

Essentially the male version of Celtic Woman, the High Kings are a mass-marketed contemporary Celtic quartet under the musical direction of David Downes of Riverdance fame.

THE POGUES, 30:30 THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION (2013)

By demonstrating that the spirit of punk could live in traditional Irish folk music, the Pogues were one of the most radical bands of the mid-’80s.

VAN MORRISON, THE ESSENTIAL VAN MORRISON (2015)

Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison is among popular music’s true innovators, a restless seeker whose incantatory vocals and alchemical fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk produced perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock & roll canon.

SINEAD O’CONNOR, SO FAR… THE BEST OF SINÉAD O’CONNOR (1997)

Sinéad O’Connor ranked among the most distinctive and controversial pop music stars of the 1990s, the first and in many ways the most influential of the numerous female performers whose music dominated airwaves throughout the decade.

THIN LIZZY, THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION (2006)

Despite a huge hit single in the mid-’70s (“The Boys Are Back in Town”) and becoming a popular act with hard rock/heavy metal fans, Thin Lizzy are still, in the pantheon of ’70s rock bands, underappreciated.

THE CORRS, DREAMS: THE ULTIMATE CORRS COLLECTION (2006)

A photogenic family band comprising three sisters and one brother, the Corrs — vocalist Andrea, drummer Caroline, violinist Sharon, and guitarist/keyboard player Jim — blend the music of their Irish background with contemporary pop/rock elements.

THE SCRIPT, THE SCRIPT (2008)

A self-described “Celtic soul” trio, the Script were founded by guitarist Mark Sheehan and vocalist Danny O’Donoghue in 2001.

THE CRANBERRIES, STARS: THE BEST OF THE CRANBERRIES 1992-2002 (2002)

Combining the melodic jangle of post-Smiths indie guitar pop with the lilting, trance-inducing sonic textures of late-’80s dream pop and adding a slight Celtic tint, the Cranberries became one of the more successful groups to emerge from the pre-Brit-pop U.K. indie scene of the early ’90s.

WESTLIFE, UNBREAKABLE: THE GREATEST HITS (2008)

Formed in Dublin in 1998, Westlife followed in the tradition of European boy bands like Take That and also Boyzone.

HOZIER, HOZIER (2014)

A unique and intelligent singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who cites James Joyce’s Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Leonard Cohen, John Lee Hooker, and community choral as inspirations.

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