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

Evesham, for battle it was none

The battle of Evesham, which was fought under a dark, rainless cloud 750 years ago this day, truly changed everything. […]

London Bridge is Falling Down

As Simon de Montfort’s army approached in July 1263, Queen Eleanor (of Provence) had no intention of capitulating like her […]

The Ordinance of 1264

On 28 June 1264 an ordinance was sealed by Parliament following the victory of the Montfortian party at Lewes six […]

Wheel of Fortune

On 14 June 1261 Henry III was at Winchester, the city of his birth, to proclaim that Pope Alexander IV […]

The Savior and the Changeling

The Song of Lewes is arguably the first great masterpiece of political literature in England and yet its composition in […]

Robin of Flimwell

On May 2nd in 1264 Henry’s favorite cook named Thomas was killed by an unseen archer while riding out ahead […]

Seizing the initiative

With the war being lost after the loss of Northampton, Montfort knew he needed to draw the king’s forces south […]

London’s Kristallnacht

The ease with which Northampton fell generated rumors that traitors were at work, and in London, as in any city […]

And all our yesterdays

It couldn’t be put off any longer. On 1 April 1265 Simon and his retinue left Odiham, destination Northampton, meant […]

The final gathering

It was on 19 March 1265 that Simon arrived at Odiham for what would be the last time the Montfort […]

King “during pleasure”

On this day 750 years ago the mayor of London, Thomas Fitz-Thomas, led the aldermen of that city to St. […]

Irresistible

On this day 750 years ago, Parliament concluded in Westminster Hall with a ceremony handing the Lord Edward over to […]

Salute to Eleanor de Montfort

Marking this International Women’s Day with a salute to Eleanor de Montfort, whose vital role in her husband’s government can […]

Progress

Three new articles have rounded out the tour so far, including the view that Montfort’s contribution to the development of […]

The world of Templars

Today the virtual book tour comes to the blogspot of John Paul Davis, the author of The Gothic King (Henry III) whose other […]

Virtual book tour

The virtual tour for With All For All kicks off today at Medievalists.net with me explaining why a book on Simon de […]

The gathering crisis

On this date, 16 February 1265, Simon had to move to avert a crisis over a tournament proposed between his […]

Valentine’s Day

On this day in 1265, Henry III and his son Lord Edward stood in the chapter house of Westminster Abbey, which […]

Upcoming virtual book tour

The schedule for the upcoming virtual book tour 23/02/14 – Launch with Peter at Medievalists featuring a video spot with […]

Injudicious judgement

On the 23rd of January 1264, Louis IX made one of the most incredible blunders in the history of political […]

The House will come to order

On this day, the 20th of January 1265, a national assembly convened in Westminster like none other before it. Only […]

Royal wedding and firestorm

On 7 January 1238 Henry III gave his youngest sister Eleanor in marriage to Simon de Montfort. Rarely has a […]