“In short, the very name of Mortimer implies turbulent restlessness and never stated ambition, alternate honour and disgrace, the greatest ascendancy succeeded by the most utter ruin.”
The Antiquities of Shropshire, Reverend Robert William Eyton (1815-1881)
A more fitting epitaph could not be found for the Mortimers of Wigmore. Dominating English, Welsh and Irish politics throughout the 13th and 14th centuries, they were a larger than life, brutal, and ultimately ill starred family. Hailing from Normandy, crossing to England with the Conqueror in 1066, building their powerbase at Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire becoming fierce Marcher Lords; the Mortimers eventually entered the line of the English royal succession before coming to an inglorious end in 1425.
Although the name Mortimer is to be found in most major events of the 13th and 14th centuries, their place in history is usually overlooked in popular history.