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The Song of Simon de Montfort: England's First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry
 

The Song of Simon de Montfort: England's First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry (EPUB ebook)

By Ambler, Sophie Therese
By Ambler, Sophie

'Alive with human detail and acute political judgement, this book marks the arrival of a formidably gifted historian.' Dan Jones, author of The Plantagenets and The TemplarsIt was around half-past eight in the morning, with summer rainclouds weighing heavy in the sky, that Simon ...de Montfort decided to die. It was 4 August 1265 and he was about to face the royal army in the final battle of a quarrel that had raged between them for years. Outnumbered, outmanoeuvred and certain to lose, Simon chose to fight, knowing that he could not possibly win the day. The Song of Simon de Montfort is the story of this extraordinary man: heir to a great warrior, devoted husband and father, fearless crusader knight and charismatic leader. It is the story of a man whose passion for good governance was so fierce that, in 1258, frustrated by the King's refusal to take the advice of his nobles and the increasing injustice meted out to his subjects, he marched on Henry III's hall at Westminster and seized the reins of power. Montfort established a council to rule in the King's name, overturning the social order in a way that would not be seen again until the rule of Oliver Cromwell in the seventeenth century. Having defeated the King at the Battle of Lewes in 1264, Montfort and his revolutionary council ruled England for some fifteen months, until the enmity between the two sides exploded on that August day in 1265. When the fighting was over, Montfort and a host of his followers had been cut down on the battlefield, in an outpouring of noble blood that marked the end of chivalry in England as it had existed since the Norman Conquest. Drawing on an abundance of sources that allow us to trace Montfort's actions and personality in a depth not possible for earlier periods in medieval history, Sophie Therese Ambler tells his story with a clarity that reveals all of the excitement, chaos and human tragedy of England's first revolution.
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ISBN 9781760786823
Published 28 May 2019
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781760786823
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Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Released 28 May 2019
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Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Ambler, Sophie Therese
By Ambler, Sophie
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Biography & Autobiography: Royalty
History
European History
Military History
Number of Pages 368
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