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Henry III: The Rise to Power and Personal Rule, 1207-1258

David Carpenter


Nine years of age when he came to the throne in 1216, Henry III had to rule within the limits set by the establishment of Magna Carta and the emergence of parliament. Pacific, conciliatory, and deeply religious, Henry brought many years of peace to England and rebuilt Westminster Abbey in honour of his patron saint, Edward the Confessor. He poured money into embellishing his palaces and creating a magnificent court. Yet this investment in ‘soft power’ did not prevent a great revolution in 1258, led by Simon de Montfort, ending Henry's personal rule. This book brings to life Henry's character a ... More

Keywords: Henry III, soft power, Simon de Montfort, medieval politics, medieval religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300238358
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300238358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Carpenter, author
King's College London