Posted: Friday Jan 31, 2014
Jan. 31, 2014
Dr. Gilbert M. Bogner, associate professor of history in the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts, published an article, ‘To brave hardship willingly’: Sir Ralph Gray and the Siege of Roxburgh, in the 2013 volume of Archaeologia Aeliana, a refereed British journal of northern archaeology and history.
“In spite of his remarkable alabaster tomb effigy at Chillingham in Northumberland, United Kingdom, Sir Ralph Gray, who died in 1443, has been a largely overlooked member of the Grays of Heaton, a family about which much has been written,” Bogner commented. “This article pieces together the life and career of this interesting Northumbrian, with an emphasis on his best known military action, the defense of Roxburgh during the Scottish siege of 1436. The Grays rose dramatically through military service during the 15th century. Sir Ralph’s career serves as an additional example of knightly advancement in the Gray family. The reputation he built through his faithful service on the Border and later in France contributed to the restoration of the family’s reputation after the treason and execution of his father.”
Bogner has been researching and writing about 15th-century English knighthood for many years. This is his fourth publication on the subject.
Photo: Dr. Gilbert M. Bogner
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