In 1217, 800 years ago King John died leaving an infant son; some tried instead, to declare the King of France’s son Louis as king of England. Louis’s troops held Lincoln under seige with the exception of the Lincoln castle which a female knight Nicolaa de la Haye prevented been taken over.
On 20th May 2017, William Marshal broke the seige of Lincoln with help of other knights therefore, defeating Louis’s troops and stopping the English being ruled by a French king.
Now 800 years later there is a trial of knights around Lincoln. Outside, Lincoln castle as part of a trial of knights on one side of the gate is a statue of Nicolaa de la Haye and on the other The battle of Lincoln knight.
On 6th November 1217 As part of the peace negotiations William Marshall amended the Magna Carta and included the Charter of the Forrest. On 6th November 2017 a new Charter of the Forrest will be launched. The new Charter has the principles shown below: