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Henry IIIThe Rise to Power and Personal Rule, 1207-1258$
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David Carpenter

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300238358

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300238358.001.0001

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Defeat: Poitou and Gascony 1242–1243

Defeat: Poitou and Gascony 1242–1243

(p.245) Chapter 5 Defeat: Poitou and Gascony 1242–1243
Henry III

David Carpenter

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the battle for Poitou and the battle for Gascony. On December 14, 1241, King Henry III summoned his magnates to London at the end of January ‘to discuss arduous affairs specially touching our state and that of our kingdom’. His aim was to explain a project to which he was already passionately committed, namely an expedition to Poitou to recover the province lost to the king of France back in 1224. Far more than in 1230, this project was to be Henry's own. There was no longer Hubert de Burgh beside him to guide policy and counsel caution. Nor was there any other mentor of the stature of Peter des Roches, William, bishop-elect of Valence, or the legate Otto. Success or failure would be Henry's alone.

Keywords:   Poitou, Gascony, Henry III, magnates, king of France, France

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