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Henry III was just nine years of age when he came to the throne in 1216 and was crowned in Gloucester Cathedral. He had to rule within the limits set
Henry III was just nine years of age when he came to the throne in 1216 and was crowned in Gloucester Cathedral. He had to rule within the limits set by the Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament. Conciliatory and deeply religious, Henry bought many years of peace to England. He rebuilt Westminster Abbey, he poured money into embellishing his palaces and created a magnificent court. Yet this investment in ‘soft power’ did not prevent a great revolution in 1258, led by Simon de Montfort, ending Henry‘s personal rule. Eminent historian David Carpenter brings to life Henry‘s character and reign as never before stressing the king’s achievements as well as his failures whilst offering an entirely new perspective on the intimate connections between mediaeval politics and religion.
“Professor Carpenter is one of Britain’s foremost medievalists… No one knows more about Henry, and a lifetime of scholarship is here poured out, elegantly and often humorously. (Dan Jones, The Sunday Times)
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