The De Montfort family came from humble beginnings and prospered from the Crusades. This is the first book to provide a complete family history. – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: Crusaders and Revolutionaries of the Thirteenth Century, De Montfort FILE: R3344 AUTHOR: Darren Baker PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Crusades, France, England, knights, influential families, Albigensian Wars, Mediterranean, Simon de Montfort, Henry III, Evesham, chivalry , rebellion, feudalism, Roman Church. ISBN: 1-52674-549-6 PAGES: 258, 8 page full colour plate section including family tree IMAGE: B3344.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yjaxaksb LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The De Montfort family came from humble beginnings and prospered from the Crusades. This is the first book to provide a complete family history. – Very Highly Recommended
The Middle Ages saw social mobility within the framework of feudalism. The Crusades made many fortunes when knights and soldiers went off to crusade, at least as much to profit, as to protect their immortal souls, or follow the instruction of the Pope. The De Montfort family came from a small hamlet near Paris and became a major force in the politics of the time. Simon De Montfort’s rise to power and influence has produced a number of books, but historians have not covered the family, with its rise and fall.
The author has provided an absorbing account of the family’s rise and fall with a very interesting colour plate section in illustration. He discusses the crusades of the thirteenth Century which were a major part of the history of the period and provided wealth and advancement for many. Many crusaders remained in the East Mediterranean and Middle East, building new lives there. There were also those who used the profits from their fighting and returned to Europe to take prominent positions and develop the fortunes of their families.
The De Montforts were not the only family to rise to power and believe themselves too powerful to humble, only to find that their fall was as meteoric and their rise.