Simon De Montfort His Cause, 1251-1266: Extracts From the Writings of Robert of Gloucester, Matthew Paris, William Rishanger, Thomas of Wykes, Etc;, Etc (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Simon De Montfort His Cause, 1251-1266: Extracts From the Writings of Robert of Gloucester, Matthew Paris, William Rishanger, Thomas of Wykes, Etc;, Etc

This volume is a continuation of an earlier one in the same series, entitled The Misrule of Henry III. I here take up the tale of opposition to royal mis government which was there begun, and carry it to its conclusion in the revision of the Constitution by the Ban of Kenilworth. That document marks the close of the struggle between Crown and Barons, in which, though the latter were in the end vanquished, the principles of free and national government pre vailed.

My aim has not been simply to select the more brilliant passages from the chroniclers to put before the English reader; I have endeavoured rather to show how the men of the time lived and acted and thought. Thus it has taken two of these little volumes to give the history of thirty years; and, if there are some extracts in this book which seem un important, it should be remembered that we desire, in this series, not to consider events from the vantage ground of the 19th century but rather to see them as men saw six hundred years ago.

We may not be surprised if the character of Earl Simon is still an unsolved riddle for us. He appears as zealous for the law, a defender of Church and people, watchful, temperate, austere; yet a persecutor of Jews, not free from the gilt of robbery and murder. He bears, indeed, a striking resemblance to his great progenitor, the relentless champion of the Catholic Faith against the Albigensian heretics. His constitutional expedients seem to us clumsy and complicated, and his aims after the battle of Lewes far from clear; so that we may feel that before his death he had accomplished all that it was in him to do for the welfare of his adopted country. His fame Survives as a popular hero, as one whom the people reverence canonised, and the people's minstrels sang.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - William Holden Hutton

Hardback

Published Date - August 25 2019

ISBN - 9780260365484

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm

Page Count - 202

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