Henry III: The Son of Magna Carta

Henry III: The Son of Magna Carta

by Matthew Lewis


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Henry III became King of England within days of his ninth birthday, inheriting a country embroiled in a bitter, entrenched war with itself. As he grew into adulthood, Henry had to manage the transition to a personal rule, wrenching power from men who had held it almost unchecked for years. Failures abroad led to trouble back in England as restless barons became disillusioned. They found a figurehead in Simon de Montfort, a man who would transform himself to a de facto king. Imprisoned and stripped of his power, Henry would again have to fight for his kingdom, relying on his immensely capable son. Henry's reign would spell over half a century of highs and lows in a country crying out for stability; the final measure of Henry’s achievement displayed in the crown that he left to his son, Edward I.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445686530
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Matthew Lewis is the author of Richard, Duke of York and The Wars of the Roses.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Prologue 9

1 Henry of Winchester 12

2 The Marshal 20

3 Saving England 37

4 The Regency 54

5 The Legate 64

6 The Rise of the Justiciar 81

7 The Truth of Magna Carta 99

8 The Last Great Justiciar 115

9 Papal Exactions 145

10 The Seneschal of Gascony 164

11 The Sicilian Affair 179

12 The Road to War 191

13 The Second Barons' War 211

14 Winning the Peace 229

15 A Forgotten King 245

Appendices 254

Appendix I The Great Charter of 1225 254

Appendix II The Charter of the Forest 260

Appendix III The Provisions of Oxford 1258 264

Appendix IV The Provisions of Westminster 1259 269

Appendix V The Dictum of Kenilworth 1265 276

Bibliography 284

Index 285

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