King Henry cannot do without Simon's skill as a military commander and sends him to quell rebellion in England's French duchy of Gascony. But the Gascons entangle Simon in intrigues -- and Henry has his opportunity to try him for treason.
Simon de Montfort arrives in England, a near penniless youth but with a slender claim on the earldom of Leicester. King Henry befriends him -- until he commits an unpardonable treason and flees for his life, to become in the Holy Land one of the most respected knights in Christendom.
Surviving King Henry's ill will, Simon is sent as ambassador to France, but returns to rescue Prince Edward -- and becomes enmeshed in the barons' rebellion against the king. When the barons abandon their own project, it is Simon who is left to virtually single-handedly establish the new government: a...
King Henry has succeeded in suppressing the new Parliament. But the common people of England have come to believe that a new age has begun, a thousand year Era of the Sanctus Spiritus in which kingship and the Church will dissolve and a single world order will arise, led by...
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