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Simon de Montfort
This book provides a new account of one of the most famous men of the English middle ages: Simon de Montfort. It traces his career from his origins as the younger son of a French noble family, through his elevation in England as the close friend and counsellor of King Henry III, to his break with the king, his rise to royal power, and his death in battle at Evesham in 1265 ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 20th 1996 by Cambridge University Press
(first published June 24th 1994)
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Maddicott uses primary documents to flesh out his biography of the one man who managed to wrest rule of England from a sitting king in an effort not only to force, what was then, radical change in the way the nation was governed and the liberties afforded the king; but also to force the king to meet de Montfort's personal agenda. Simon de Montfort went to England to regain the lands that had been taken from his family by King John. He became so valuable to Henry III (John's son) that the king ga ...more