Lincoln sat on the axis of a number of major trans-England routes which were important for trade and the business of government and so Lincoln was an obvious strategic location. The town had come out in support of Louis, however the Castle, which sat within the town walls, remained on the loyalist side under the command of Nicolaa de la Haye. Louis split his forces in two, one besieging Dover Castle and the other under the command of Thomas, the Comte du Perche ordered to lay siege to Lincoln Castle.
Acting as the young King Henry's protector and regent of England was William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. William was aged around 70 at the time of the battle, but he had gained a reputation as a knight of great skill and prowess, indeed following his death in 1219 he was eulogized by the Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton as the "best knight that ever lived." Marshal rallied those still loyal to Henry and gathered an army of some 400 knights, 250 crossbowmen, and a larger auxiliary force of both mounted and foot soldiers at Newark. From there they marched to Lincoln, taking a circuitous route that allowed them to approach the city from the north. This was to be an important strategic decision as it meant Marshal's army would be able to take advantage of the high ground and avoid fighting an uphill battle, a task that would have severely hampered their offensive ability.
This model was built by Brick to the Past's James Pegrum as part of a series of scenes on important events in British history. We will bring you further scenes from the Baron's War this summer; see them first by following us on Twitter or Facebook.