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 to support 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. Read Eleanor de Montfort: A Rebel Countess in Medieval England Author Louise J. Wilkinson – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com
Prof Louise Wilkinson gained her doctorate at Kings College London and is now Reader in Medieval History at Christ Church Canterbury University and has published numerous articles and books on Queenship, childhood and women in Medieval England Her particular interest lies in the role of women in thirteenth century political life, a theme explored in her 2012 book Eleanor de Montfort a Rebel Countess in Medieval England Prof Wilkinson was Co investigator on the AHRC funded Henry III Fine Rolls Project where she worked with David Carpenter and now, for the Magna Carta Project, is exploring the Charter s clauses on inheritance, women and the family.
- 232 pages
- Eleanor de Montfort: A Rebel Countess in Medieval England
- Louise J. Wilkinson
- 01 January 2019 Louise J. Wilkinson