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The Life of Simon de Montfort

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Author: Darren Baker

Like his crusading father before him, Simon de Montfort’s combination of charisma, determination and fearlessness, reinforced by a wife with similar qualities, made him one of the greatest men of his age. This biography follows his life from his birth and upbringing in France until his defeat and death at the hands of the future Edward I. The pivotal year was 1264, when Montfort captured Henry III in battle, established a constitutional monarchy and, in the act he is most famous for, revolutionised the representation of Parliament, the future Commons. While calling him the founder of that institution begs too much, Montfort recognised and cultivated a new awakening in national identity and political awareness not seen since before the Norman Conquest two centuries earlier.

Henry’s long reign of fifty-six years saw many changes taking place in England and on the Continent, most strikingly the rise of humanism and power politics, and Montfort’s entrée to the courts of Paris and Rome was instrumental in his rebellion against the king. Not for another four hundred years, until the advent of Oliver Cromwell, would England see a revolution led by a figure of comparable stature.

Book ISBN 9781445645742

Book Format Hardback

pages 336 pages

Publication Date 15 Feb 2015

Height 234

Width 156

Illustrations 37

Regular Price: £20.00

Special Price: £10.00

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Blown away: All I really knew about Simon de Montfort was he founded parliament. This book suggests he didn't, but actually did more to make it a permanent fixture in government by forcing the king to submit to it than the other way around. Which was great to find out, but I was even more impressed with the man himself and his family. A person who actually takes his oath seriously. It's no wonder his detractors try to paint a less flattering portrayal, that he was only in it for himself. Keeping one's word is powerful stuff, especially when the kings can't be bothered to. All that aside, this story is action-packed, hardly a breather between chapters, and the way it goes into the lives of the survivors is much appreciated. (Posted on 14/04/2015)

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