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

Death of Katherine

In August of 1253, King Henry III sailed to Gascony to put down an uprising against his recalled lieutenant Simon […]

Henry’s funeral

Henry was buried on this day of 20 November in 1272. He was dressed in his coronation robes and carried […]

Dedication of Westminster Abbey

The 13th of October marks the feast day of St Edward the Confessor. His cult was promoted extensively during the […]

Death of Grosseteste

This day of 9 October in 1253 saw the passing of Robert Grosseteste, the scholarly but irascible bishop of Lincoln, […]

Dedication of Salisbury Cathedral

Tomorrow, the 1st of October, marks the birth of Henry III in 1207. Notices about it are typically confined to […]

Dedication of Ely Cathedral

This day of 17 September in 1252 saw the dedication of Ely Cathedral as built up to that time by […]

Once pardoned, twice beheaded

It was on this day of 9 September in 1238 that Henry III and Eleanor of Provence were in residence […]

Battle of Evesham

For all its bloodshed, the battle of Evesham, fought on this day of 4 August in 1265, has a certain […]

Henry III and Becket’s shrine

The 7th of July 1220 marks the 800th anniversary of the translation of Thomas Becket, who had been martyred 50 […]

Eleanor of Provence

Eleanor of Provence died on the day of the Nativity of St John the Baptist (24 June) in 1291, age […]

Battle of Lewes

On this day of 14 May in 1264 King Henry III marched out of Lewes to confront the army of […]

Translation of Henry III

On this day 730 years ago the body of Henry III was removed from its resting place under the Cosmati […]

Marriage and Fateful Widowhood

This day of 24 April in 1224 should have seen the start of the honeymoon for Eleanor, the youngest daughter […]

The countess and her children

Eleanor de Montfort, the youngest and once beloved sister of Henry III, died on this day of 13 April in […]

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 […]