Montfort The Angel with the Sword by Katherine Ashe
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King Henry III has suppressed the elected Parliament and returned England to the abusive governance that the Provisions of Oxford of 1258 corrected. But a new force is rising to oppose him. Young lords, the common people, even the outlaws of Sherwood and the Weald are organizing, led by Simon’s cousin Peter de Montfort and Gilbert de Clare. Condemned as a traitor, Simon is lured back to England from his refuge in France where he has taken the Cross of a crusader and is about to leave for the Holy Land. Seeing the cause he championed reviving, he agrees to be the leader of this new army.
 

About Katherine Ashe

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Since she began researching and writing Montfort thirty-three years ago, Katherine Ashe has written numerous plays and screenplays on historical subjects from Columbus to John Mitchell, the early 20th century labor leader.
 
Published October 2, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 539 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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By election.” As famine and injustice ravage England and Henry foolishly pledges the Crown to the Pope so that he can have Sicily for his hunchback son Edmund, the barons finally revolt with Simon at the helm.

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The sanctimoniously loyal Simon initially dismisses Grosseteste’s talk with “Henry is no Tiberius,” but, in a deftly turned phrase by Ashe, he is soon bitterly aware that trusting Henry is akin to “leaning on Aaron’s staff that would one day turn serpent and sting him.” Ashe is more flag-bearer...

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Ashe’s belabored detailing of petty campaigns and aristocratic rivalries can get exhausting—and the detour that leads Simon to meet Robin Hood, while charming, is far too long—but the more worrying concern is the sentimental halo she bequeaths on Simon, one of the most contentious figures in Engl...

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Fans of historical fiction, England, English kings, 13th century politics, French court life, romance, deceit, intrigue, action and adventure will be delighted by Ashe’s prose.

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