Born: in or before 1245, place unknown Died: sometime before 6 December 1306 Title: Fifth Earl of Norfolk Spouse I: Aline Basset, married 1271, died 1281 Spouse II: Alice of Hainault, married 1290, died 1317
Roger Bigod was the Earl Marshal of England, whose duty it was to write up a list of all the knights performing feudal service (serving in the king’s army).
Although he was an experienced soldier, Roger Bigod does not appear to have been very good with money. In 1291 he was heavily in debt to Italian bankers and was forced to sell some of his manors to the king of England. Two years later he owed great sums of money again, this time to the king, and was forced to agree to a repay the debt in monthly instalments. No wonder he didn’t want to pay any tax to the king!
Roger Bigod was married twice, but did not have any children by either marriage.
Test your understanding
Which fellow baron has also expressed concerns about what the king is doing?
Close, close... These were both there to witness the king re-confirming Magna Carta... but they didn’t express concerns.
Try talking to Roger Bigod once more...
You’re right, of course! It is Humphrey de Bohun.
Why does a great and terrible king need Magna Carta?
Has Edward only re-issued Magna Carta because he needs money for his wars against France, Scotland and Wales?
Or, once again, are the barons are simply trying to get out of paying the taxes which are needed to run and protect England?
It is the view of this chronicle that Edward had re-issued Magna Carta because…
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