King Henry III, Eleanor of Provence, Simon and Eleanor de Montfort – Their struggle over monarchy and parliament in 13th century England

In the year 1252

Our stroll takes us to house number 1252 and one of those trials of the century before the term was […]

In the year 1251

Robert Grosseteste was a very exacting Bishop of Lincoln. His monks and nuns never liked his visits because he went […]

In the year 1250

In March of this year, Henry III and his wife Eleanor of Provence took the cross in an elaborate ceremony […]

In the year 1249

Another intensive year in the reign of Henry III – and there’s 56 of them! – and the lucky house […]

In the year 1248

The coat of paint needed on this house is indicative of the state of the money supply in England this […]

In the year 1247

Another innocuous house number but an otherwise eventful year. The Treaty of Woodstock brought peace to Wales for the next […]

In the year 1246

Finally a house with a number on the mailbox. This year stands out for being a mostly quiet one at […]

In the year 1245

This year started off with the birth of Henry III and Eleanor of Provence’s second and youngest son Edmund. Endowments […]

In the year 1244

Moving to the next house over, we find the Simon and Eleanor de Montfort fully restored to royal favour. Henry […]

In the year 1243

The next house is 1242 but it shows no number to this effect and the front yard looks kind of […]

In the year 1241

The next house being 1241, in this year Simon de Montfort went on crusade and took the family with him. […]

In the year 1240

Just walking through a nearby neighborhood and saw this house number. So what happened in 1240? Simon de Montfort returned […]

Two “Thirds”

Today 1 October marks the birth of Henry III in 1207. Born in Winchester, he had just turned nine when […]

The Lord Steward

The open question following the battle of Evesham was whether Simon de Montfort had been aspiring for the throne, if […]

Eleanor of Provence

Pioneering queen

Celebrating the life of Eleanor of Provence (1223-91) this International Women’s Day, the first woman in post-Conquest England to be […]

The house of houses

It’s the 14th of February, the year 1265, and something big is about to go down in the chapter house […]

A saint otherwise

On this day of 12 February in 1266, Walter de Cantilupe, the bishop of Worchester, died a broken man. He […]

The Wheel of Fortune

On this date of 02 February in 1239, Henry III invested Simon de Montfort with the title of Earl of […]

Merton and the unicorn

In 1258 Henry III and his barons set out to reform the realm under a constitution known as the Provisions […]

Clerical War, not Barons’ War

More evidence that the ‘Second Barons’ War’ was in fact a ‘Clerical War’ comes in the writs for parliament to […]

Sex and money

On this day of 7 January in 1238 (780 years ago), one of the first sex scandals in English politics […]