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

A Royal Row

Henry III and Eleanor of Provence were married for 36 years until his death in 1272. There’s no evidence of […]

King John’s youngest

Like her husband Simon, the birth date and place of Eleanor de Montfort cannot be determined with accuracy but there […]

The Plantagenets by a thread

On this day of 28 October in 1216, Henry III was crowned king of England in Gloucester. His claim to […]

In the year 1207

Henry III was born in Winchester on this day, 1 October. Says the Dunstable annalist, “In the year 1207 a […]

They didn’t all speak French

Eleanor of Provence would have grown up speaking Provençal, a dialect of Occitan. Coming from a noble family, doubtless she […]

Rumours of the birth

Further to the previous post about Richard de Montfort, Simon and Eleanor’s fifth and youngest son, he was born in […]

Final days in England

Eleanor de Montfort, based at Dover, had learned of the massacre at Evesham by 11 August 1265. On that day […]

Four more Eleanors

In addition to his wife and sister, there were four other Eleanors in the life of Henry III, his grandmother […]

The Two Eleanors of Henry III

My dual biography of Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor de Montfort is set to be released at the end of […]

Our new home, Windsor

On 11 August 1239, two days after the fiasco of the churching, the bailiffs of Windsor were ordered to have […]

The day it all started

On 9 August 1239, the cream of society was gathered for the queen’s churching. It was going to be a […]

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. […]