My road to this website began many years ago with an innocuous book about the kings and queens of England and an entry about this French fellow defeating his brother-in-law the king and ruling in his name before his own demise at the hands of the king’s son. This was the story of Henry III and Simon de Montfort, one of the great political duels in European history. In all the years since then, neither Henry nor Simon made any shortlist of historical figures I could see myself writing about one day until a chance visit to England rekindled that bit of boyhood inspiration. Today that interest has expanded to include their wives, both named Eleanor, and Simon’s wife being Henry’s sister makes their lives that much more intriguing. My dual biography of both women was released in the autumn of 2019. I’ve written it, like the biographies of their husbands, in the little corner of the Czech Republic where I live, snug between Poland and Slovakia, but the availability of online resources has allowed me to do the research and enjoy this particular history in general. 

Feel free to contact me any time at darren@simon2014.com.

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  1. Hi, bit late to the table here but I have just finished your book With All For All. I just wanted to say that I enjoyed every moment of it, as I too have a bit of an interest in the man De Montfort. I look forward to anything you write in the future, and I will be using this site for perusal for a while. Again thankyou, riveting read.

    1. Many thanks, David, for your comments. I have just now finished a biography of Henry, should be out in September. It takes a more comprehensive and sympathetic look at this neglected king and will offer plenty more detail about his struggle with Simon.

  2. I am also a bit late to the table here, but better late than never:) I am about to start your Simon book, cannot wait to learn more about an intriguing character of the 13th century…and whose life intertwined with my fave king’s;)

    1. The book starts with a famous meeting between Simon and Henry on the banks of the Thames. I went in search of the spot thereabouts, today an ordinary street. You read more about it in the article “The King Came-A-Calling”.

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