"Ash" wrote:Yeah - It confused me for a bit when I was reading about the Cathars, until I realised there is a big difference between pere and fil.
Not much difference at all when it came to the Jews. I don't remember the specifics of my discussion with my professor friend, it was many years ago, but I do remember her saying that historians and fiction writers have terribly white-washed Simon's reputation as a good guy. Being the father of parliament has apparently blinkered many going back to Victorian times. He was just as much of a religeous bigot as his father -which is no surprise as he would have been raised with his father's values and belief systems. Of course he was acting within the parameters of society at the time with his attitudes, but even within that society, some were more extreme than others, and his were at the extreme end. There were degrees of tolerance too. My medieval professor friend is Jewish and has researched S de M and the Jews in detail. He could turn on the charm like the sun when he wanted, but what lay underneath was not so charming.
I am reporting this from what I remember - must be going back about 10 years now and I am talking in impressions, not specifics.
If I ever write about him, it will be through the lens of the Bigods, who were not his fans, (not that they were always fans of the sovereign either) and it will be interesting to read up on him. I have the Madicott and the Labarge on on reference shelves but have never read them through as I haven't needed to for research up to now. I'd be interested to know how this new novel compares with SKP's take on Simon.