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Who was Sir Guy of Warwick?

Sir Guy of Warwick is one of England’s most famous knights, whose enduring legend dates from the mid-13th Century. Sir Guy’s daring exploits include slaying a dragon, fighting a giant and battling in holy wars, whilst his relics have been preserved with fastidious attention to detail. Warwick Castle holds the porridge pot and sword used by him; Queen Elizabeth I even paid for them to be guarded. Yet, as Sir Guy of Warwick himself never existed, the existence of his relics is somewhat miraculous and demonstrates the extent to which his legend has passed from fiction to fact. Why was his character created and what does this reveal about high Anglo-Norman society? More...

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