William Thatcher (Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein)
He’s quick, he’s funny, he makes me lots of money, Liechtenstein! Liechtenstein!
Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein from Gelderland, otherwise known as William Thatcher is the protagonist in the movie, A Knight’s Tale. (Which was loosely based off of A Knight’s Take in Geoffrey Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales.)
William Thatcher was only a squire, but when his knight died during a tournament, he convinced his friends that he could impersonate the knight in order to win them money for food.
After he was successful in his first tournament William believed he could be a knight full time. He pleads with his friends to take their earnings and get new gear and armor for him. With a few gold coins these poor squires could change their stars.
Thus begins a knight’s tale, he fights his way from the ditches of the poor into knighthood. The movie is comical and exciting, and William is the perfect knight throughout. He’s chivalrous, brave, trustworthy, compassionate, and loyal to his friends and family. William never backed down from the challenges life threw at him, he rose above them with goodness and determination.
We hope you join us in celebrating William Thatcher, the poor squire with the heart of a great knight.
Thank you for your time and remember, a light from the shadows shall spring.
– The Wandering One