Date: Saturday February 8th 2020 

Time: 2.30pm in the Alban Room, Chapter House


A lecture by Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler, University of Lancaster


Simon de Montfort is a name we all know, but who was he, what did he believe, and how were his actions significant to the history of this country?

In 1258, a band of nobles seized power from King Henry III and established a council to govern England in his name, with the help of parliament (as described by the St Albans chronicler, Matthew Paris). Simon de Montfort, earl of Leicester, soon emerged as leader of this radical movement and went on to win an astounding victory against the king at Lewes in 1264. He held the ‘first House of Commons’ in the early months of 1265, before he and his men were annihilated on the battlefield at Evesham. Throughout the course of his career, Simon drew inspiration from his father, who had led the Albigensian Crusade, and he would transform the revolution into a holy war, fighting and dying on the battlefield as a sworn crusader.

Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler is Lecturer in Later Medieval British and European History and Deputy Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her research explores political ethics and war in the central and later Middle Ages in Europe and the Crusades. Her new book, The Song of Simon de Montfort: England’s First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry, is out now with Picador.

The Friends are pleased to present this lecture jointly with the Cathedral Study Centre.  It will take place in the Alban Room, which can be reached by stairs or lift from the Welcome Centre.  A Saturday afternoon has been chosen, to encourage as many Friends as possible to attend, at a time of year when venturing out in the evening is a less attractive prospect!  Why not combine it with lunch beforehand and/or Evensong in the Cathedral afterwards?


Tickets: £10.


Booking opens October 1st 2019. Booking closes Monday February 3rd 2020.

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