KING HENRY III
Assassination, Makers of History, Henry IV, John S.C.Abbott, Harper, New York, 1904, page 238.
- One of longest serving monarchs (1216 – 1272).
- King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Aquitane.
- Famous for Magna Carta, and the establishment of the first parliament.
- Gave more power to the people, with less decisions taken on the whim of a monarch.
- Improved the rights of women, empowered his own queen, Eleanor of Provence. Henry gave her monetary independence, and respected her opinion in governmental affairs.
- Faithful to Eleanor(unusual for monarch).
- Human – introduced pageantry – at his death he owed his wine merchant nearly £1m in today’s money.
- Established stability, longevity and promoted peace (!).
- Very charitable – fed hundreds of poor people on a daily basis.
- Diarmuid Mac Gilla Mo-Cholmoc’s son John had to do his “Knight’s Service”in King Henry III’s army in 1227.
Smal, Chris (1993) Ancient Rathdown and St. Crispin’s Cell, A uniquely historic landscape, Friends of Historic Rathdown, Greystones.