Simon de Montfort, by Margaret Wade Labarge
Published by Oxford in 1962, 312 pages. Hardback. (S4318)
Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (1208-1265), was the principal leader of the baronial opposition to King Henry III of England. After the rebellion of 1263-1264, de Montfort became de facto ruler of England and called the first directly-elected parliament in medieval Europe. Because of this, de Montfort is today regarded as one of the progenitors of modern parliamentary democracy.
Widely regarded as one of the best modern biographies of Montfort, this book is a must read for anyone interested in or studying this period of English history
Condition of the book is generally poor, but it is perfect as a reading copy or reference for study. The cover boards are tatty, with lots of scuffs and blemishes, and nibbling and bumping along the edges. Their is some splitting along the outside spine, and some small tears, but the spine itself is intact and all pages are intact and bound. Ex university library, with a label on the first inside page (which is also clipped in the top right hand corner), and a stamp on the title page. The binding is also becoming frayed, loose and exposed along the title page