Eleanor de Montfort

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As sister of Henry III and aunt of the future Edward I, Eleanor de Montfort was at the heart of the bloody conflict between the Crown and the English barons. At Lewes in 1264 Simon de Montfort captured the king and secured control of royal government. A woman of fiery nature, Eleanor worked tirelessly in supporting her husband's cause. She assumed responsibility for the care of the royal prisoners and she regularly dispatched luxurious gifts to Henry III and the Lord Edward. But the family's political fortunes ...

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Eleanor de Montfort: A Rebel Countess in Medieval England

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Overview

As sister of Henry III and aunt of the future Edward I, Eleanor de Montfort was at the heart of the bloody conflict between the Crown and the English barons. At Lewes in 1264 Simon de Montfort captured the king and secured control of royal government. A woman of fiery nature, Eleanor worked tirelessly in supporting her husband's cause. She assumed responsibility for the care of the royal prisoners and she regularly dispatched luxurious gifts to Henry III and the Lord Edward. But the family's political fortunes were shattered at the battle of Evesham in August 1265 where Simon de Montfort was killed. The newly-widowed Eleanor rose to her role as matriarch of her family, sending her surviving sons - and the family treasure - overseas to France, negotiating the surrender of Dover Castle and securing her own safe departure from the realm. The last ten years of her life were spent in the Dominican convent at Montargis.

Drawing on chronicles, letters and public records this book reconstructs the narrative of Eleanor's remarkable life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847251947
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,121,466
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Wilkinson gained her doctorate at Kings College London and now teaches at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Table of Contents

1. Childhood / 2. The Marshal Marriage / 3. The Chaste Widow / 4. The Countess as Lord / 5. The Montfort Marriage / 6. Family, Faction and Politics / 7. Reform, Revolution and War / 8. The Year 1265 / 9. After Evesham / Bibliography / Index.

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