Talk: Simon de Montfort and England’s First Revolution
Chester: Saturday 26 October, 18.50–19.50
Winchester: Sunday 3 November, 10.30–11.30
Talk synopsis: Seizing power from King Henry III, Simon de Montfort ruled England at the head of a council, proclaiming his campaign against the crown a holy war. England’s first revolution was brought to an end in 1265 at the Battle of Evesham, when Montfort and his followers were killed in the greatest noble slaughter since Hastings.
Speaker bio: Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler is a lecturer in medieval history at Lancaster University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her new book, The Song of Simon de Montfort: England’s First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry, explores the life of the man who fought and died to overturn the political order in 13th-century England.