IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1223: 13th-Century England, III: Soldier, Saint, and Family Man? - Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Adrian Jobson, Independent Scholar, San Francisco
Moderator/Chair:Louise J. Wilkinson, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 1223-a'Vir Martius'?: The Military Reputation of Simon de Montfort
(Language: English)
Fergus Oakes, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1223-bSurviving the In-Laws: Simon de Montfort, Richard of Cornwall, and Family Politics
(Language: English)
Adrian Jobson, Independent Scholar, San Francisco
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1223-cA Mirror for Princes?: The Political Legacy of Simon de Montfort's Piety
(Language: English)
Charles Farris, Independent Scholar, Salisbury
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The Battle of Evesham, 1265, was a seminal moment in English history: the defeat of the baronial reform movement that had sought to impose conciliar control and rule in the king’s name, the brutal slaying of its charismatic leader Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, and the restoration of King Henry III of England (1216-72) to full political power. To commemorate the 750th anniversary of the battle, this session explores Montfort’s character and legacy, through his martial reputation, the strained relationship with his brother-in-law Richard, Earl of Cornwall, and the political legacy that he left to later generations.