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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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The Court of Henry III

The Court of Henry III

(p.349) Chapter 7 The Court of Henry III
Henry III

David Carpenter

Yale University Press

This chapter assesses the court of Henry III. King Henry III was keen to impress with the magnificence of his entourage and person. Yet in one key respect his court was fundamentally different from that of his predecessors. Henry travelled far less often and remained stationary for far longer periods than his father. The many courtiers who worked across the reigns thus had a far easier time, in terms of travel, under Henry than under John, yet they would have noticed little change in the actual structure of the court. The chapter begins with Henry's itinerary and the homes in which he lived, the court's physical environment. It then looks at the chancery, the wardrobe, the food and drink departments, the stewards, the household knights, and the place of the queen. The chapter also discusses the role of liveries, the rituals of gift-giving, and the question of access to the king and the power of his presence. The court was a highly political place, but it was also a place for pleasure. The chapter concludes by looking at the pleasure Henry had from books, jokes, jesters, and falconry.

Keywords:   Henry III, royal court, royal entourage, royal courtiers, chancery, stewards, household knights, liveries, gift-giving rituals

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