23. January 2020 - 19:30 till 21:00
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The Song of Simon De Montfort: England's First Revolutionary | The National Archives | Thursday, 23. January 2020

Talk and book signing 
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On 4 August 1265 Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, was cut down in battle at Evesham and his body mutilated. His brutal death signalled the end of a period of revolution in England (the ‘Barons’ War’), during which a council ruled in the name of King Henry III.
In this talk Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler will explore the life of Simon – a great warrior, devoted husband and father, charismatic political leader and England’s first revolutionary.
The talk will include a display of original documents which reflect the changes that Simon’s movement wrought in government, Parliament and wider society in 13th-century England.
Dr Sophie Ambler is an author and lecturer in Later Medieval British and European History at Lancaster University. 

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