Monday, August 28, 2017

Fact of the Day: Simon de Montfort vs King Henry III

Simon de Montfort was a French nobleman who initially befriended King Henry III in an attempt to reclaim titles and lands taken away from him by Henry's father King John. Simon even married Henry's sister Eleanor and Henry even gave his blessing when all was said and done. However after many feuds with the king, Simon eventually led rebellions against him and calling up what would be England's first real Parliament. For a time, Simon actually held the real power in England instead of Henry III. However Henry's son Edward (the future Edward I) eventually led Henry III's forces to free his father and they were successful at the Battle of Evesham. Simon died on the battlefield, but ironically his future descendants became Kings of England as he was an ancestor to Elizabeth Woodville, who married and had heirs with King Edward IV. 

11 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Bad news.

Moving with Mitchell said...

Simon is my husband Jerry's 22-greats uncle and Edward I his 21-greats grandfather, and so on. Jerry has no titles and no lands. Oh, well.

Pat Hatt said...

Quite the power swapping going on through generations

Martha said...

Such a mess!

Emmylou said...

Man....history is definitely much more interesting than fiction sometimes.

PS Gaaaaaah! Jon and Dany...why do they have to be related?!?! I mean, we all know the big reveal was coming, but gaaaaaaaah!

Christine said...

We can learn a lot from history, interesting.

stephen Hayes said...

Lots of convoluted history in Britain.

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Fundy Blue said...

English history is so complicated! Have a great Monday, Adam!

JACKIESUE said...

this is my favorite part of english history..right up till Elizabeth1st..after that it was tits up.

Birgit said...

Politics and marriage and evil doings...sounds like a Game of Thrones