The Battle of Lewes (1264)
by David Carpenter

Date: Thursday 6 March 2014

What does Lewes, which saw the defeat of Henry III, tell us about aristocratic behaviour and political ideas in England in the High Middle Ages?

The reign of Henry III  culminated in revolution and reform, followed by civil war. At the Battle of Lewes, 14 May 1264, Henry was defeated, ushering in a year’s rule by his brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort.

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