The dower millstone

On this day of 6 April in 1231, William Marshal II, the 40-year-old earl of Pembroke, died suddenly, less than […]

Sneaky Brother Matthew

In his 1958 study of Matthew Paris, Richard Vaughan comes to this conclusion about the prolific chronicler’s portrait of Henry […]

The murder of Evesham continues

In the medieval calendar, 14 March 1271 is a day-after, when the horrific events of the previous day have sunk […]

Henry’s three sisters

Henry III had three younger sisters. They had exceptionally close relationships, and the two sisters that had children, Isabella and […]

Be my elected Valentine

Henry III and Eleanor of Provence are among the most romantic of royal couples, but thanks to them Valentine’s Day […]

Attempting to avert war

The date 23 January 1264 is remembered in medieval history for the Mise of Amiens, the judgment issued by King […]

The queen’s coronation

Eleanor of Provence saw London for the first time on this day of 20 January in 1236. She arrived with […]

Last call for the crusade

This is the ‘round’ inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Northampton, built in imitation of the church in […]

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 […]