The Great Household in Wartime: Eleanor de Montfort and her 'familia'

Wilkinson, Louise (2018) The Great Household in Wartime: Eleanor de Montfort and her 'familia'. In: The Elite Household in England, 1100-1550. Harlaxton Medieval Studies (XXVIII). Shaun Tyas, an imprint of 'Paul Watkins', Donington, pp. 29-55. ISBN 9781907730641

The great household in wartime: Eleanor de Montfort and her 'familia'
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Based on a detailed, critical analysis of British Library, Additional MS 8877 (the household roll of Eleanor de Montfort, countess of Leicester), this chapter examines the impact of the Second Barons' War and of Earl Simon's death at the battle of Evesham in August 1265 on Countess Eleanor and on the lives of those who supported or served her. It explores how the Montforts’ personal circumstances underwent a seismic shift after the Lord Edward (future King Edward I) escaped from Montfortian captivity at the end of May 1265 and after Earl Simon was killed at Evesham. It looks at the logistical challenges of running a great household as the war closed in around Eleanor in the south and south-east of England, prior to her flight from Dover into exile in France.

Additional Information:This is a peer-reviewed chapter in an edited collection.
Keywords:Great household, Medieval aristocracy, Medieval women, Simon de Montfort, Eleanor de Montfort, The Lord Edward, Second Barons' War, Odiham castle, Dover castle, Portchester castle, Hospitality
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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