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Fulke III Fitzwarin, Baron of Shropshire (son of Sir Fulk II Fitz-Warin and Hawise de Dinham)4229 was born 1165 in Hertfordshire, England4229, and died 12504229. He married Maud Le Vavasour on October 01, 1207 in Yorkshire, , England4229.

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Fulk fitz Warin was a baron from Shropshire in the Welsh Marchs. In 1200, he was outlawed and may have murdered someone who claimed of a piece of Fulk's land. He lived in the forest for three years and waged war against King John. In 1203, he was pardoned, but later joined the barons who wanted Magna Carta. Many, like Knight, argue that Robin Hood's earldom in later stories was inspired by tales of Fulk. The romance of Fulk's life said 15 knights were sent after him. Fulk killed all but one. Centuries later, a ballad says Robin Hood became an outlaw when he killed 14 foresters.

Fulke Fitzwarin: an English baron who rebelled against the tyranny of King John. His real life adventures may have provided a model for the legends of Robin Hood. Fulk rebelled in 1200, and operated largely on the Welsh borders. He was eventually pardoned and lived a long life.

Another historical outlaw of John's time suffered similar identity problems even during his lifetime, but he dealt with them in no uncertain fashion. Fulk fitzWarin was furious when he discovered that a northern robber, Piers de Bruville, was using Fulk's name to cover his banditry.

'One day, whilst playing chess, John broke the chessboard over Fulk's head.'
He ambushed Piers and his men in a house they were raiding and forced Piers to tie his men to their seats and behead every one of them with his own hands. When the ugly task was finished, Fulk struck off Piers' head himself, saying: 'None shall ever charge me falsely with theft.'

Fulk is in fact a far more interesting character than Robin Hood, with a personal link to King John. He was a childhood friend of John's, but their relationship was a stormy one. One day, whilst playing chess, John broke the chessboard over Fulk's head.

In retaliation, Fulk kicked John in the stomach, and when John went crying to his father, it was John who was beaten for complaining. On the death of his father in 1197, Fulk took over his ancestral holding at Whittington; but when John came to power, he gave the honour to Fulk's old enemy, Morys fitzRoger. Fulk reacted by murdering Morys and fleeing into outlawry, where he levied war against John and his agents for 3 years.

Pardoned in November 1203, he recovered Whittington and remained in the king's peace until joining the baronial rebellion in support of Magna Carta in 1215. He was not reconciled to the king until 1217, and died c.1256-7.


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In 1184 as a favor to the lad's powerful family, King Henry II allows fifteen year old Fulke FitzWarin to join his teenage son Prince John's retinue as a squire. Coming from the Welsh Marshes, Fulke is considered a country bumpkin by the Prince. The eldest, Fulke must succeed if his family is to regain Whittington Castle lost generations ago, but still disputed. Fulke knows his tutor Master Glanville is the key for his family's plea, not the King. John forces Fulke to play a game of chess. Planning to throw the game, Fulke gets caught up in the competition and checkmates John. The Prince accuses Fulke of cheating and hits him with the chessboard. Fulke retaliates in self-defense leading to John banging his head on the floor. A lifetime of bitter rivalry between John and Fulke begins that leads the latter into becoming an outlaw when the former becomes King.

More About Fulke III Fitzwarin, Baron of Shropshire and Maud Le Vavasour:
Marriage: October 01, 1207, Yorkshire, , England.4229

Children of Fulke III Fitzwarin, Baron of Shropshire and Maud Le Vavasour are:
  1. +Fulk IV Fitzwarine, b. Abt. 1210, Alvaston, Glouscestershire, England4229, d. May 14, 1264, Ouse River4229.
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