[quote=""EC2""]You must let us know Ken. I wouldn't go near de Montfort with a barge pole having discussed him with a medieval professor friend who has studied him in some detail and considers him the vilest of the vile, but I'm still interested in how others explore him in fiction. I do find it very hard to swallow that Edward Longshanks is de Montfort's son, but who knows. It's either defaming the dead on an enormous scale, or it's one of the great undiscovered scandals of the middle ages. I wouldn't want to read this myself I think, but I'd be happy to read an unbiased review.[/quote]
I'd like to know why your friend considers Simon de Montfort (1208-1265) to be the vilest of the vile. From what I have read (Bemont, Maddicot, M W Labarge and Matthew Paris, he was considered to be arrogant, proud and perhaps cruel in his treatment of the Gascon rebels, but in no way could he be considered as 'vile' as his father of the same name who carried out the atrocities of the Albigensian crusade. SKP treats him kindly and who knows how England (and Wales!) would be today, if he hadn't died at Evesham??
I also do not believe the story of Edward 1 being his son and I'll be interested to read her reasons for suggesting it!