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CHANGE OF PROGRAMME - Simon de Montfort (c 1208-1265) Champion of England? Martyr?
by Dr Huw Ridgeway

Date: Thursday 20 February 2020

The meteoric career of an icon of English History re-assessed. Simon de Montfort became Earl of Leicester and brother-in-law of Henry III (1216-1272); Crusader, international celebrity, he ultimately perished in civil war, challenging royal rule in the name of Reform.

CHANGE OF PROGRAMME - Simon de Montfort (c 1208-1265) Champion of England?   Martyr?

Educated at Brynteg Comprehensive School Bridgend (Glamorgan) and Jesus College Oxford where he read Modern History and completed a doctorate on English court politics during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272). He taught at Keele University and Sherborne School where he became Head of Department. He has lectured widely and has over thirty academic publications on thirteenth century England, including a biography of Henry III for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Since retirement, his publications include ‘Dorset in the period of Baronial Reform and Rebellion 1258-1267’ and the Sherborne Abbey Guidebook.

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