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The First English Revolution (Continuum Sources in Ancient History) [Hardcover]

Adrian Jobson
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23 Aug 2012 Continuum Sources in Ancient History
Simon de Montfort, the leader of the English barons, was the first leader of a political movement to seize power from a reigning monarch. The charismatic de Montfort and his forces had captured most of south-eastern England by 1263 and at the battle of Lewes in 1264 King Henry III was defeated and taken prisoner. De Montfort became de facto ruler of England and the short period which followed was the closest England was to come to complete abolition of the monarchy until Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth. The Parliament of 1265 - known as De Montfort's Parliament - was the first English parliament to have elected representatives. Only fifteen months later de Montfort's gains were reversed when Prince Edward escaped captivity and defeated the rebels at the Battle of Evesham. Simon de Montfort was killed. Following this victory savage retribution was exacted on the rebels and authority was restored to Henry III. Adrian Jobson captures the intensity of de Montfort's radical crusade through these most revolutionary years in English history in this spirited and dramatic narrative.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (23 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847252265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847252265
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Dr Adrian Jobson is a San Francisco-based English historian who specialises in the Middle Ages. After initially studying at Royal Holloway College, University of London, he pursued his postgraduate research at King's College London and obtained his PhD in 2006. From 1995 to 2010, he was Senior Medieval Records Specialist at The National Archives on the United Kingdom and was the nominated custodian of the Domesday Book.

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is the author of several academic books and articles. He has also lectured regularly on the history of medieval England, as well as advising on various TV and radio programmes including House Detectives and Breaking the Seal.

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Dr Adrian Jobson is a medieval records specialist. He has given many academic papers on the age of reform and rebellion and has recently edited the volume English Government in the Thirteenth Century.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A complicated story clearly told 25 Sep 2012
By mgir
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The ins and outs, and ups and downs of the period known as the Age of Baronial Reform which exploded in 1258 and lasted until 1267, is a complicated story. Adrian Jobson has provided a very clear and well-researched narrative showing the origins of the the reform movement before 1258 and he takes the reader through the following years stage by stage until peace returns again to England but he also looks at the on-going legacy of these dramatic events. He shows that, whilst Henry III is often depicted as a rather simple monarch who could be easily persuaded, the King could pursue policies over a longer period with determination, ruthlessness and even guile. Simon de Montfort's central importance is fully acknowledged but, whilst his heroic continuing determination to support reform is acknowledged, Jobson also shows that, from early on, Montfort's self interest was often a powerful motive for his actions. When, after the battle of Lewes, Montfort achieved almost complete power, he lost support by using it to foster the interests of his own family. The continuing role of the King's brother, Richard of Cornwall, as a mediator and arbitrator is clearly demonstrated. This is an excellent, easy to read book which explains the complexities of the time well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 8 April 2013
By Sarah
This was a well researched and rewarding read for anyone interested in the thirteenth century Baron's Wars between Henry III and Simon de Montfort. It is balanced- you won't find Simon the Saint on these pages!- but that is one of the things I loved about it. The conclusion discusses the Wars' place in history and draws comparisons with the reigns of Edward Ii, Richard Ii and Charles I, which was a great end to a great book.
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Clarity… not something academics are very good at. The author certainly displays an impressive depth of knowledge on the subject but tortured syntax and sentence structure leave the reader gasping for air at the end of every paragraph. This one’s probably best left in the library with the university monographs, for the interested non-academic like myself I’d recommend John Sadler's excellent book; The Second Baron’s War.
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A well written and detailed account of the struggle to bring in real democracy and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!! 18 April 2013
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I have been looking for a good book about Henry III. Not some PhD thesis that I can't afford. Good Book
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