The Two Henrys

December is a tale of two English kings named Henry marching into Paris. The more familiar one has Henry V […]

The Pope and the Monk

This day of 7 December in 1254 saw the death of Sinibaldo Fieschi, otherwise known as Pope Innocent IV. His […]

Getting shafted

In 1947 Noël Denholm-Young published a biography of Richard of Cornwall that is generally considered a classic, but one in […]

Politics and vineyards

Following the Anglo-French peace treaty of 1259, the wine-growing region of Bergerac was much disputed. As the newly created duke […]

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 […]