THE GOTHIC KING
A Biography of Henry III

JOHN GURNEY
300pp ILLUS 2013 LIST PRICE: £17.99 (P) B842

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Henry III was the son and successor of Bad King John, reigning for 56 years from 1216, the first child king in England for 200 years. The nation prospered during his reign and his greatest monument is Westminster Abbey, which he made the seat of government. Indeed, Henry III was the first English King to call a parliament. Though often overlooked by historians, he was an unique figure, coming out of a chivalric yet Gothic era: a compulsive builder of daunting castles and epic sepulchres; a powerful, unyielding monarch who faced down the De Montfort rebellion, waged war with Wales and France, and hammered out the terms of Magna Carta with the barons. This is the only biography in print of a remarkable monarch.