6 – Richard Marshal’s War 1233-34

Following the disgrace of his justiciar Hubert de Burgh in 1232, Henry III has turned to Peter des Roches, his former tutor and bishop of Winchester, to put the crown on a sound financial footing. Peter sets out to do that, but also to settle a few scores with those like Hubert who had ousted him earlier. Since Peter is from France, the English magnates denounce him as a foreign interloper and rally behind Richard Marshal, the son of the king’s first regent and a foreigner himself, to overthrow the regime. The war that follows is brief but changes the entire course of Henry’s reign.   

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