So I played with this online thing called Akinator, which is basically a web game that tries to guess which character/person you’re thinking of.
It turns out that while it guessed Philip K. Dick within 20 questions, it could not, after about 70 questions, guess William Longespee (though it did guess Richard the Lionhearted… so close!).
Sort of puts Count William’s reputation in perspective I suppose. Few people outside of avid medievalists and readers of historical romances seem to know anything about him. I don’t know whether to be frustrated at being so obscure or filled to the brim with smug hipster satisfaction at having been a “kind of obscure” medieval statesman.