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I picked this up through kindle because of my interest in Simon de Montfort I am sorry to say I was bitterly disappointed, and yes I did read the entire book AND the notes This author states she has devoted thirty something years to her research, and has reached her conclusions from her reading of original documents All I can say is she must have a pretty unique way of reading and interpreting said sources I don t mind an author taking some liberties with known historical facts, if they give us sound reasons for them What I don t like is when they destroy the reputation of historical figures and are adamant their version is based in fact One such example is how Ms Ashe destroys the reputation of Queen Eleanor of Province This Queen was not a popular figure in her time, who made her share of mistakes, but she was known to be a devoted wife and mother She deserved better treatment than this Everything was reduced to sex in this book nothing was shown of the complex politics of a medieval court.Other readers have loved this book, I have not I found the writing itself rather pedestrian and history was certainly NOT brought alive for me I read very widely and I have read better.One issue I do have HUGE problems with is the bad behaviour of this author and her friends Ms Ashe seems to have serious problems accepting anything less than gushing reviews She has attacked those who dare to not like her book or disagree with her research She has rallied the troops, asking them to vote up and down reviews on in a blatant attempt to influence them Shameful She has personally attacked another author who had the temerity to have a very similar name as hers She called her trash and actually put in a complaint to She has threatened to sue over other reviews she didn t like She personally attacked a reviewer who questioned her and asked her to provide sources Instead of any rational discussion, she has done her best to drag this reviewer s name through the mud and has kept up this terrible behaviour for MONTHS This is disgraceful and I don t understand why Ms Ashe fails to understand that not everyone will like her work, and that every single person on the planet has to cop some criticism from time to time This is a fact of life, that is all. FREE PDF ⚈ Montfort (Monfort, #1) ⚖ Simon Begins His Life In England As A Callow And Prudish Youth Who Must Win His Family S Lapsed Earldom At King Henry S Dissolute Court Soon Simon S Pride And Presumption Are Shattered As He First Becomes Obsessed With A Passion For The Young Heretic Queen Eleanor, And Then Falls In Love With A Nun Who Is The King S Sister High Points A Jousting Tournament, The Decadent Rome Of The Emperor Frederic II, The Court Of Love And The Medieval Pageantry Of The Wedding Progress Of King Henry III This is the first of four novels focused on the life of Simon de Montfort, one of the many fascinating figures of the 13th century It unfortunately succeeds in rendering him irredeemably dull, and a bit of a Mary Sue into the bargain He is first introduced to us not by name, but by epithet the youth the orphan etc so we have a whole chapter of reductive descriptions, which did not bode well The youth appears clad in white, and riding a white horse en route to Henry III s court, he bests a black knight highwayman of course and captures his horse He lusts after Eleanor of Provence, who presides over elaborate courts of love and keeps referring to the dictates of courtesy printed always in italics tediously and repeatedly Eleanor the king s sister is his great love, but he ends up despite his high moral values and tortured conscience falling into bed with the alluring queen at Kenilworth after a fight with his wife I almost expected him to tell Queen Eleanor that Countess Eleanor just didn t understand him Yes, this is yet another novel which relies on the popular trope of queen sleeps with insert name of hero and he s really the father of her son There is, from what I can gather two of my friends have researched this extensively , absolutely no credible evidence to suggest this has any basis in fact the arguments advanced in the author s note or Historical Contexts as it s titled did not convince me For example, the Montforts hadn t even been granted Kenilworth at the relevant time it was still a royal residence Therefore, no royal visit there chez Montfort in 1238 in fact, even if the king and queen were living there, there was no reason why the Montforts would have been Nevertheless, I have no issue with exploring this as a what if in a novel although the queen shags random nobleman and foists a bastard onto the throne storyline is becoming a tedious cliche , but it is irresponsible for this to be promoted as factual For a novel purporting to be steeped in decades of intensive research, it s concerning to find some other historical slip ups William Marshal Senior is confused with his son William Marshal Junior, and therefore Countess Eleanor s first husband is named as the wrong William Marshal a less serious one is that Isabelle Isabella of Angouleme is referred to as Isabel of Poitou at one point Odd Even odder, the book s publicity material claims that for seven hundred years it was a hanging crime to speak Montfort s name no one has been able to produce this mysterious piece of legislation prescribing this as a capital offence, nor any evidence of its repeal in what would have been the 1960s Nor, strangely enough, is there any evidence of someone being hanged for saying, Simon de Montfort during the 700 years after his death My main problem with this novel though is that, amazingly given the wealth of fascinating material, the writing is plodding and pedestrian while the language is often beautifully expressed, it s kind of lifeless There s much telling, and very little showing I did not find any of the characters engaging, nor did I come away with a vivid picture of the era or feel immersed in the events Perfect St Simon de Montfort is annoying most of the time, and none of the others really seem to come to life It was one of those books that is a relief to put down and a chore to pick up again I m afraid I can t recommend this Disappointing. As far as the alleged decades of research this author claims are concerned, they are worth just lining a litter box I m a French historian, but know enough medieval English history to recognize distortions, inaccuracies, and sloppy writing when I see it. This cropped up on one of my book drama feeds As near as I can figure, Ashe has authored a work of historical fiction with plot basis in a historical theory of royal parentage An amateur I presume historian researcher conversant in that historical period read this book and wrote a lengthy review focusing on that historical theory namely that it is not considered a creditable one Ashe commented her displeasure about this, which apparently kicked off a review upvote war between the fractions of, You know, this reviewer has a point and How dare you be mean on the Internet And this has lead me to conclude that historical fiction is srs bsns, y all, and that I would prefer looking elsewhere for my next historical fiction fix Falls the Shadow seems recommended instead YMMV This detail bothers me, but Ashe s novel seems perfectly valid as a work of fiction and the positive reviews indicate it s reasonably well written and engaging.Influencing reviews Original review, heavy in commentsDuplicate Goodreads review, additional comments Very few historical novels have given me so much engrossing pleasure as Katherine Ashe s Montfort the Founder of Parliament part 1 The Early Years.Katherine s principal character captivated me from the very beginning, as the young Simon de Montfort sets out from France to England to claim his rights as Earl of Leicester and Steward of England It is the year 1229, yet the descriptive power of the novel transported me with ease from the twenty first century into the first half of the thirteenth century, and into a feeling of kinship with the aspiring knight.This feeling stayed with me throughout the developing career of Simon, and, as his troubles and frustrations mount, so does my absorption with them Simon s story is long, difficult and involved, but the connecting thread is never lost and interest never flags This is indeed a long story for it has four parts, each of novel length, only the first of which, covering the initial years of Simon s career from 1229 to 1243, have I so far read.The vividness of Katherine s narrative enables the reader to live and share the reality of Montfort s world For myself, I was able for the first time to properly understand the political structure of this period and unravel the complex nature of the religious beliefs, personal values, and familial alliances that wove the intricate tissue of rule and power at that time.Although Katherine protests in her acknowledgements that she has taken freedoms beyond those allowed a historian in order to make her story alive and entertaining, yet there are extensive notes at the end giving sources and references for her tale Thus the characters and their interactions ring true I feel indebted to her for bringing to life for me a great historical personage, of whom previously I had but heard Now I am able to say that I have met and truly appreciate Simon de Montfort It is with keen anticipation that I look forward to reading the remaining three parts.Peter St John December2012 The writing quality of this is good, which is why I gave it 2 stars instead of one, but the character development is rather flat and one dimensional I also felt like the medieval world was not always accurately portrayed An example was a conversation between a Jewish money lender and Montfort But as he turned away, the man opened his eyes and called out, What can I do for the young lord You know me Doesn t everyone in Leicester, lord Montfort Really Everyone in Leicester, down to the peasants and commoners, knows what Montfort looks like That s a remarkable feat in 13th century England, when pretty much the only way someone could know what anyone, even a member of the nobility or royalty, looked like was to have seen them before and had had them identified And for Montfort, who was only in Leicester for the second time, it seemed rather unlikely that everyone in the city had previously seen him it s not like he arrived in great fan fare Perhaps if he had unique identifying features like a scar or was wearing a coat of arms but had that been the case, Montfort probably wouldn t have questioned it Even a king could go unknown to someone he d never met before if not for the proper attire or identification by others And indeed, this anonymity is often accurately used in other, better written historical novels SKP and Bernard Cornwell to name a couple.It also plays pretty fast and loose with the historical facts many of which are already detailed in other reviews But here s some that I haven t seen yet it portrays Simon as having pursued Joan of Flanders for her hand in marriage prior to his arrival in England to claim his inheritance there in 1230 In reality, Simon did not begin to pursue her until several years later It also portrays Queen Blanche as favoring the match at first, which isn t true, and that she had annulled Joan s first marriage to Ferdinand, also not true Ferdinand died in 1233 and this is what ended their marriage and also why Simon couldn t have been pursuing her before 1230 On top of all that, Joan is portrayed as a young woman well into her twenties when actually, Joan would have been 36 in 1230 This also accounts for why it claims Joan was married to Ferdinand when she was seven when she was actually 16 All this can be confirmed in Four Queens The Proven al Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone.So the author seems to just change whatever history suits her, from the minor to the major details and it s just a little too much for me.Additionally, while on the topic of Joan, I was perplexed as to why Simon would suggest her to Henry as a potential bride Earlier, Simon had described Joan as having been in love with him, that they had known each other for years And then their relationship abruptly ends and they don t part on the best of terms Suggesting her as a bride for his king would be like a guy suggesting his boss go out with his ex girlfriend If they didn t part on good terms, why would he want to bring her to court where they d see each other all the time A place where a woman who knows him well and might bear a grudge could potentially use it against him and damage his position at court It didn t make sense to me So my dislike for this book isn t just based on inaccuracies, it s my pet peeve when characters behave illogically like this.So it s not surprising I gave up after about a third of the way in If you want to read a book about Simon de Montfort, SKP s Falls the Shadow is far superior excellent character development and much historically accurate. Review edited April 25th 2014 to remove links to my old weblog and make the review less angry.Anyone who knows me knows I love thirteenth century England it was the subject of my blog and one of the periods I spent the most time in before I settled into an ancient history degree So, when this book showed up in my recommendations, it appealed to me immediately A novel of Simon de Montfort and the court of Henry III sounded brilliant Unfortunately, however, I have walked away from this book a very disappointed woman.Ashe claims her book has historical integrity and continually states 34 years of research have gone into its creation It seems to me, having read the novel, that rather than showing historical integrity she has gone out of her way to make Simon de Montfort look fantastic at the expense of every other character rather than showing the figures of Henry s court as real, 3 dimensional people, we have extremely good goodies and cartoon, moustache twirling baddies Most sadly, the Plantagenet royal family are reduced to a bunch of cuckolds, bastards, whores and deformed freaks characterisations which are NOT supported by primary source evidence Rather than showing the reader the factional politics of Henry s reign, or the struggles between Savoyards and Lusignans, Ashe reduces every storyline to sex Eleanor of Provence becomes an adulteress on than one occasion , as if a Queen of England at this time could be alone for long enough to commit such a sin Eleanor was loving and faithful to her husband, and to suggest the struggles between her and Simon were based on an affair going sour is an insult to both their memories In later Ashe novels, I am reliably informed that the deals between the view spoiler Earl of Gloucester hide spoiler DNF review at 17%How to review this I knew going in that this book had some ratherermunusual opinions about Simon de Montfort and the true parentage of Edward I of England I know there s at least two camps of readers in historical fiction those who want it as historically accurate as possible me , and those who are happy playing footloose with known history as long as the story and writing is good Since other reviewers have done a fine job arguing the historical discrepancies here, here and here, I m passing on one rehash I ll just talk about the reading experience as far as I got.Ashe s Simon is as good as good can be, in fact he s so perfect he could step right into the shoes of a Sandra Worth hero and you d never know the difference And in case you didn t catch how perfect Simon is, the reader is clobbered over the head with how vile and ill mannered Henry III and his courtiers are lots of gravy drooling on beards To each their own, but since the writing is so reminiscent of Sandra Worth s, I realized this novel was not going to be to my tastes and am moving on I will leave a few quotes below so other readers can decide if this author book is a good fitHis mother, the Virgin, the Church all blended to a rich amalgam in his heart, an alchemy the heady fumes of which infused his every action with a sense of divine purpose Though he might doubt the rightness of his acts, might bitterly revile his failings, he never would doubt himself, doubt that his responsibility was of the highest order A look of fear came into Simon s eyes He thought he did know what she meant To fight in wars, to die with honor was what he hoped, even expected of his life But to be a spy, an agent for a lord other than the one to whom one s liege was pledged, was traitorous and vile I want a surpassing celebration Henry bubbled with excitement Bring the citizens of London out to meet my bride With banners and music Yes And a feast upon the road You must arrange it for me, Simon Make it outshine anything ever seen in France Let my subjects show their love for me on my most happy day Oh yes, I forgot to mention the heavy handed use of exclamation pointsBut her languid gaze struck Simon with a force at least as strong His heart seemed to abandon his breast entirely to hover, quivering, in her golden hair His body waged war with his will, declaring itself independent and in liege to her Blushing hotly, he frowned and held the basin lower, covering his short tabard s hem Henry, seeing his bride s distress and Simon s fierce glare That was the moment when I knew neither the Kindle or I could take any YMMV.