Title: Ancestral File (R)
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998
Note: !Henry III, King of England succeeded to the throne in 1216, upon the death of his father, John I, King of England. He was not as bad as his father but he was not as competent either. The young King married Eleanor, of Provence in 1236, jilting another lady to do so. It had all been very romantic. Henry had read a poem of Eleanor's and felt that her talents, in addition to her beauty, entitled her to the preference, and this love match was, at first, very popular with his subjects. A King with so many relatives and relatives in law to provide for would have done well to economize in other ways, but Henry was wide open handed in all. One of his weakest points, if he had only known it, was his grasp of military matters. He had practically none. His reign is distinguished by his badly planned, badly executed forays into France to defend the Plantagenet lands, and by his inept efforts to control his barons at home. Quite through his own fault, he finally had a full blown Civil War on his hands. Fortunately his eldest son, Prince Edward, learning through experience and drawing on considerable natural talent he had inherited from someone else, was becoming an excellent soldier. Some of King Henry's good qualities were his outgoing kindness, his devotion to his wife, his active interest in beatification and improvement were impressive. Westminster Abbey, rising now to dominate the London skyline was certainly to his credit.)
SourceTitle: Royal and Noble Genealogical Data
Author: Brian Tompsett
Note: Royals Source File
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