Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty The Plantagenets: Hatred


Dan Jones continues his history of the Plantagenets by focusing on Henry III, who wanted to restore the empire his father John had lost, but his poor leadership meant the barons refused to give him the funds he required. The king decided he needed a new ally and found him in minor nobleman Simon de Montfort, who soon became a court favourite and married Henry’s sister Eleanor. However, they fell out over money, power and religion, and de Montfort turned against Henry and England was plunged into civil war.


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