Baronial Reform and Revolution in England, 1258-1267

Baronial Reform and Revolution in England, 1258-1267

Edited by Adrian Jobson


Boydell Press



New investigations into a pivotal era of the thirteenth century.
The years between 1258 and 67 comprise one of the most influential periods in the Middle Ages in England. This turbulent decade witnessed a bitter power struggle between King Henry III and his barons over who should control the government of the realm. Before England eventually descended into civil war, a significant proportion of the baronage had attempted to transform its governance by imposing on the crown a programme of legislative and administrative reform far more radical and wide-ranging than Magna Carta in 1215. Constituting a critical stage in the development of parliament, the reformist movement would remain unsurpassed in its radicalism until the upheavals of the seventeenth century. Simon de Montfort, the baronial champion, became the first leader of a political movement to seize power and govern in the king's name.
The essays collected here offer the most recent research into and ideas on this pivotal period. Several contributions focus upon the roles played in the political struggle by particular sections of thirteenth-century society, including the Midland knights and their political allegiances, aristocratic women, and the merchant elite in London. The events themselves constitute the second major theme of this volume, with subjects such as the secret revolution of 1258, Henry III's recovery of power in 1261, and the little studied maritime theatre during the civil wars of 1263-7 being considered.

Adrian Jobson is an Associate Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Contributors: Sophie Ambler, Nick Barratt, David Carpenter, Peter Coss, Mario Fernandes, Andrew H. Hershey, Adrian Jobson, Lars Kjær, John A. McEwan, Tony Moore, Fergus Oakes, H.W. Ridgeway, Christopher David Tilley, Benjamin L. Wild, Louise J. Wilkinson.


2 line illustrations
298 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Hardback, 9781843834670, October 2016
eBook, 9781782048992, October 2016
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, HIS015000
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Adrian L Jobson
Modern Historians and the Period of Reform and Rebellion, 1258-1265 - Christopher David Tilley
The Secret Revolution of 1258 - David Carpenter
Baronial Reform, the Justiciar's Court and Commercial Legislation: The Case of Grimsby - Andrew H. Hershey
Crisis Management: Baronial Reform at the Exchequer' - Nick Barratt
Local Administration during the Period of Reform and Rebellion - Tony K. Moore
What Happened in 1261? - H W Ridgeway
Writing Reform and Rebellion' - Lars Kjaer
Civic Government in Troubled Times: London c.1263-1270 - John McEwan
The Montfortian Bishops' - Sophie Ambler
Reformers and Royalists: Aristocratic Women in Politics, 1258-1267 - Louise J. Wilkinson
The Midland Knights and the Barons' War: The Warwickshire Evidence - Mario Fernandes
Retinues, Agents and Garrisons during the Barons' Wars - Peter Coss
The Barons' War in the North of England, 1264-1265 - Fergus Oakes
The Maritime Theatre, 1258-1267 - Adrian L Jobson
Reasserting Medieval Kingship: King Henry III and the Dictum of Kenilworth - Benjamin L. Wild


Overall, this wide-ranging and informative volume is essential reading not just on the period 1258-67, but for wider thirteenth-century English politics.. The editor and contributors are to be commended on this thoroughly valuable collection. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

This is a very welcome book. It both opens up neglected topics, and provides fresh analysis of others... The editor is to be congratulated on a fine volume. HISTORY

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