This chapter examines how Louis VIII the Lion fought back against the forces of Henry III in England. During Louis's first campaign in England, his wife, Blanche of Castile, was attending to the principal duty of a future queen consort: in September 1216 she gave birth to a third son, Robert. She also supported her husband in all matters, including running his estates and organising his finances in his absence, and, where necessary, raising money and troops for him. Once Louis returned to England in April 1217, Blanche took personal control of the back-up campaign in France. This chapter discusses Louis's siege of Dover castle and his continued battle with Henry and his supporters such as Hubert de Burgh, William Marshal, and the earl of Chester.
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