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5.0 out of 5 stars Simon de Montford shines through Ms Penman's writing, 25 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Falls the Shadow (Paperback)
1231-1267. I liked this one more even more than the two books which precede this one chronologically. Since my family have strong links with Kenilworth, Simon de Montford’s main castle, he has always been a name bandied around the house but until now I didn’t know anything about him. Ms Penman makes him out to be a man of our time believing in democracy for the people. I thought she might be romanticising her character for the sake of a good read but having surfed the net I find that she has just put her inimitable stamp on what turns out to be the accepted view of Simon de Montford as the “father of Parliament”. I am glad I know more about Simon de Montford and I’m glad it was Sharon Penman who introduced me to him. I too will now read more about him and since my family are still in the locality I shall be visiting Evesham and seeing Kenilworth castle in a new light. I wish I lived in the locality as the Simon de Montford Society based in Evesham seems to have a very interesting programme of monthly events this year!
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Initial post: 27 Apr 2010 16:47:30 BDT
K. Harvey says:
If you are fascinated by Kenilworth Castle, you may just like Anya Seton's amazing book "Katherine" about the mistress of John of Gaunt who lived there with their five children in the fourteenth century - later than de Montford. It's a lovely book, steeped in real history, which has become a classic and so popular that it was voted one of the 100 books of the century.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2010 00:24:35 GMT
I was just leafing through the comments to my reviews and I came across yours. You'll see that I have indeed already read "Katherine" and, you're right, I absolutely loved it. Thank you for the recommendation. It made me smile that you pointed me in a direction I was already going. Once again, thanks.
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