The First English Revolution: Simon de Montfort, Henry III and the Barons' War

Simon de Montfort, the leader of the English barons, was the first leader of a political movement to seize power from a reigning monarch The charismatic de Montfort and his forces had captured most of south eastern England by 1263 and at the battle of Lewes in 1264 King Henry III was defeated and taken prisoner De Montfort became de facto ruler of England and the short pSimon de Montfort, the leader of the English barons, was the first leader of a political movement to seize power from a reigning monarch The charismatic de Montfort and his forces had captured most of south eastern England by 1263 and at the battle of Lewes in 1264 King Henry III was defeated and taken prisoner De Montfort became de facto ruler of England and the short period which followed was the closest England was to come to complete abolition of the monarchy until Oliver Cromwell s Commonwealth The Parliament of 1265 known as De Montfort s Parliament was the first English parliament to have elected representatives Only fifteen months later de Montfort s gains were reversed when Prince Edward escaped captivity and defeated the rebels at the Battle of Evesham Simon de Montfort was killed Following this victory savage retribution was exacted on the rebels and authority was restored to Henry III Adrian Jobson captures the intensity of de Montfort s radical crusade through these most revolutionary years in English history in this spirited and dramatic narrative.
The First English Revolution Simon de Montfort Henry III and the Barons War Simon de Montfort the leader of the English barons was the first leader of a political movement to seize power from a reigning monarch The charismatic de Montfort and his forces had captured most of

  • Title: The First English Revolution: Simon de Montfort, Henry III and the Barons' War
  • Author: Adrian Jobson
  • ISBN: 9781847252265
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The First English Revolution: Simon de Montfort, Henry III and the Barons' War”

    1. This was a well researched and rewarding read for anyone interested in the thirteenth century Baron's Wars between Henry III and Simon de Montfort. It is balanced- you won't find Simon the Saint on these pages!- but that is one of the things I loved about it. The conclusion discusses the Wars' place in history and draws comparisons with the reigns of Edward Ii, Richard Ii and Charles I, which was a great end to a great book.

    2. A highly informative and interesting read which gave me a real insight into 13th century politics and how our democratic political system today has been influenced by the Barons' War and Simon de Montfort. This is a period of history that I didn't know much about before reading Jobson's book and I found it very accessible so would recommend it to anyone interested in history, particularly in how it influences our society even centuries later.

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