King Henry cannot afford to lose so brilliant a military commander as Simon has become. Making peace with him, he sends Simon to bring the duchy of Gascony back under England’s control. But the Gascons want their independence. They persuade King Henry to recall the too effective Viceroy, and Simon stands trial for treason. But is it for Gascony, or for his amour with the QKing Henry cannot afford to lose so brilliant a military commander as Simon has become. Making peace with him, he sends Simon to bring the duchy of Gascony back under England’s control. But the Gascons want their independence. They persuade King Henry to recall the too effective Viceroy, and Simon stands trial for treason. But is it for Gascony, or for his amour with the Queen that he is standing trial? High points: many battles, early use of cannon in battle....
|Title||:||Montfort: The Viceroy -1243 to 1253|
|Number of Pages||:||276 Pages|
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Montfort: The Viceroy -1243 to 1253 Reviews
This book is a 2012 B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree- and honor that tells readers this books is well worth their time and money!
This was as good as the first -- I'm enjoying this series immensely.
Simon makes plans to go on the next crusade. King Henry has other plans for him though. Instead of going on the crusade as Simon wishes to, he’s sent to Gascony to bring order to the people there and collect all past due taxes. Others have tried and failed. If Simon fails, the people would not call him a hero anymore and the king would have a reason to get rid of Simon once and for all. Simon’s mentor and long-time friend Bishop Grosseteste is spreading word of a new kind of government, based on ancient English ways called the councils of the Wittenmote. The Wittenmote was a group of wise-men chosen by the people; they decided matters that concerned the public. Grosseteste’s new council would rule instead of the king and the king would be answerable to it. Preventing the tyranny Grosseteste says the monarchy will become. Simon warns Grosseteste against spreading these treasonous thoughts, concerned for his safety. However, Simon begins to observe King Henry’s behavior more closely and soon understands what Grosseteste is talking about. He sees how Henry forces the barons and clergy to bend to his rule when summoned for a new tax. Simon also experiences first-hand how fragile the whim of the king can be when he attempts to carry out his orders in Gascony.Katherine Ashe continues to weave history and fiction seemly together to create this well written story about an important character in a very interesting time of England’s history. While the first part of the book is a little slower-paced than I’d like, it soon becomes hard to put down as the intrigue at court and the fighting in Gascony both heat up. I like to read about court intrigue, so the interesting part about this book, for me, was seeing how easily the king can be swayed. I was amazed at how drastically the king changed direction in such a short amount of time, changing allegiances and favors on a whim. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys court intrigue, political conspiracy, and/or battle strategies.
This book follows the first book, Montfort: The Early Years in the series that Ashe has written about Simon de Montfort, sometimes called the founder of Parliament. He was also brother-in-law to King Henry, and during this time span, he wanted to go back to the Holy Land to claim it from the Infidels and put it back how he had left it. Henry III had other plans and so Simon was sent to Gascony.Simon de Montfort is a fascinating character, and the author tells a good story. Although I will never know why she has to add rumors and gossip that most people don't take seriously about Simon and Queen Eleanor. It really takes away from the story, not to mention I don't think it is all necessary. It would be a good story anyway. Read Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman and you will get a more accurate (IMO) story of Simon and his time. Still I will read the remaining two books of this series.
Scholarly and a page turnerI am grateful for the research Ashe put into this series. You can't know this period without knowing Montfort. Her notes are generous and helpful. I'm still not sure if Montfort's affair with the Queen and possible fathering of "Henry's" heirs is historically motivated or purely imaginary and I'd love to know. Anyone??