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Talk: What happened at Simon de Montfort's parliament?

Simon de Montfort's parliament of 1265 is celebrated as a pivotal episode in the history of politics. But why was the parliament summoned and what actually took place?

Dr Sophie Ambler, expert on 13th-century politics, will describe the tumultuous context of the parliament, with England's king imprisoned and the kingdom ruled by a council of his subjects. 

She will examine new evidence to reconstruct the events, personnel and atmosphere of the meeting, in order to reveal the dramatic course of the parliament and its theatrical climax. 

Dr Sophie Ambler is a Research Associate at the University of East Anglia on The Magna Carta Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her work looks at 13th century politics, ideology and the Church, the reception of Magna Carta and particularly at the ideas of Simon de Montfort and his circle.

This Festival of Freedoms event aligns with the Simon de Montfort Parliament banner from ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome' exhibition in Westminster Hall.


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2015: Parliament in the Making

Join Parliament as we commemorate a series of major anniversaries in 2015: 750 years since De Montfort Parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta.