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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kings Henry III captured during Battle of Lewes

On this date in our family history . . . the 14th day of May . . . in the year 1264 . . . during the Battle of Lewes (which took place in Sussex, England) . . . King Henry III of England is captured, making Simon de Montfort the de facto ruler of England . . . at this time, Simon is married to Henry's younger sister, Eleanor . . . King Henry is a 20th great-grandpa of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . and Simon and Eleanor are 22nd great-grandparents of the same Josephine . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

The Eye-witness Being a Series of Descriptions and Sketches in which it is Attempted to Reproduce Certain Incidents and Periods in History, as from the Testimony of a Person Present at Each By Hilaire Belloc: "THE BATTLE OF LEWES MAY 14 1264 On May 14 12G4 Simon dt Montfart his rebel Barons and their a lica from London though losing the Uft of their battle in She Dooms above Lenta were sueccssful upon their right and so gained the day taking prisoner the King himself In this way the nobles and the wealthy of London who had already partially sueeeeded against John and had obtained from him the signing of Magna Charta laid a foundation for what uas nwA later to boume the aristooratie eomtitution of England "

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