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Henry III: The Son of Magna Carta

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Henry III became King of England within days of his ninth birthday. His father, King John, had overseen a disastrous period in English history and the boy king inherited a country embroiled in a bitter, entrenched war with itself. With barons inviting a French prince to take the crown, the young Henry was forced to rely on others to maintain his position. As he grew into a ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2016 by Amberley Publishing
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Michael Bully
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
In respect of Henry III ( who reigned from 1217- 1272 ) , Darren Baker's hefty 'King Henry III-The Great King England Never Knew It Had', published a year later in 2017, could well be the defining work for some years to come.
Yet Mr Lewis' 2016 biography is heartily recommended . It is readable, source material is used constructively. He is critical of how 19th and even 20th century historians have praised Simon de Montfort , criticising their 'hindsight' approach, and arguing that de Montfort l
Peter Simpson
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
To some extent a useful synopsis of Henry III's life with some interesting and valuable insights on his relationship with the Pope and his recalcitrant barons.

It suffers from some problems. One is that it is not well footnoted and there appear to be some errors. For example, the confrontation between William Brewer and Stephen Langton took place in January 1224 instead of 1223.

REad by all means but be alert if relying on it.
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I know it looks like this book took me forever to read, but it really didn't. I initially received a Digital copy from the publisher, Amberley, but unfortunately had some issues with enlarging the text on my Kindle. I was not actually able to continue the book until my Library purchased it within the last month or so. Very well done, highly recommended. Full review to come. ...more
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Matthew Lewis is the author of histories and historical fiction novels about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. The medieval period is a particular passion of Matthew’s, a passion he hopes to share through his blog. He is dedicated to teaching and discussing this period, operating two history podcasts and providing bite-sized facts to his Twitter and Facebook following.

Lewis has degree in Law

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