To explore the life of the 13th century in depth: from the pageantry to international banking, cookery and agriculture, politics and the religious beliefs that made Simon de Montfort's revolution possible, Katherine Ashe chose to write Montfort as an historical novel while adhering absolutely to her research findings.
Ashe spent 35 years researching the life of Simon d Montfort, the Earl of Leicester, with special attention to original 13th century documents -- studying extensively in the British Library, the London Public Record Office and the Montfort archive in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
The Historical Novel Society gave this review of Montfort: When reading through the ample “historical context” notes that follow each volume of Katherine Ashe’s utterly remarkable tetralogy of novels based on the life of 13th-century warrior-statesman Simon de Montfort, one thing becomes obvious: she could easily have produced the most authoritative English-language biography of her subject ever written... These are wonderfully assured novels, on every page of which Ashe’s dramatic sense brings the era to vibrant life in a way no history could. A massive achievement, highly recommended.
Dr. Madeleine Cosman, founder of the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, called the Montfort series "The finest work I know on the 13th century."
The first volume, Montfort the Early Years 1229 to 1243, was on the Amazon Best Seller list for historical novels for 30 consecutive weeks. (March -October 2014)
See the web site simon-de-montfort.com.