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Monday, May 14, 2007
Battle of Lewes
If you haven't read Sharon Kay Penman's Falls The Shadow you have missed a great book - provided you are interested in English and Welsh medieval history. The entire four-book series, beginning with Here Be Dragons and ending with The Reckoning is superbly written in a wonderful style that pulls you into the history as an unfolding story.

Simon de Montfort is credited with bringing democracy to the English parliamentary system. Not that parliament didn't exist before, but the parliament called by Simon had the distinction of being the first one which included members elected by the common people. This was a significant step for England.

On May 14, 1264, the Battle of Lewes was fought between Simon de Montfort and Henry III. Simon's forces won the day and he was able to control Henry by the simple expedient of holding his son, the future Edward I.

Today's question: Simon de Montfort, although of French origin, was invested with an English title. What was it?

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Blogger robynl said...
Simon V de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
I just realized I hadn't come back to tell you that you were right, Robyn.

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