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Henry III

Reform, Rebellion, Civil War, Settlement, 1258-1272

David Carpenter



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Yale University
13 July 2023
The second volume in the definitive history of Henry III’s rule, covering the revolutionary events between 1258 and the king’s death in 1272


After coming to the throne aged just nine, Henry III spent much of his reign peaceably. Conciliatory and deeply religious, he created a magnificent court, rebuilt Westminster Abbey, and invested in soft power. Then, in 1258, the king faced a great revolution. Led by Simon de Montfort, the uprising stripped him of his authority and brought decades of personal rule to a catastrophic end. In the brutal civil war that followed, the political community was torn apart in a way unseen again until Cromwell.


Renowned historian David Carpenter brings to life the dramatic events in the last phase of Henry III’s momentous reign. Carpenter provides a fresh account of the king’s strenuous efforts to recover power and sheds new light on the characters of the rebel de Montfort, Queen Eleanor, and Lord Edward—the future Edward I. A groundbreaking biography, Henry III illuminates as never before the political twists and turns of the day, showing how politics and religion were intimately connected.

Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   2
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780300248050
ISBN 10:   0300248059
Series:   The English Monarchs Series
Pages:   728
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Carpenter is professor of medieval history at King's College London. He is the author of numerous books, including the widely acclaimed Henry III: The Rise to Power and Personal Rule, 1207-1258 and a new study of the Magna Carta.

Reviews for Henry III: Reform, Rebellion, Civil War, Settlement, 1258-1272

“There are few historians working today who know so much and write so well. Taken together, the two volumes of Henry III… set a gold standard for medieval royal biography.” —Dan Jones, Times (UK)   “This volume completes a truly magisterial account of the longest reign of the Middle Ages. It is a work of which the author should feel deservedly proud.” —David Robinson, Country Life   

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