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Bishops in the Political Community of England, 1213-1272$
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S. T. Ambler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754022.001.0001

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Justifying the Montfortian Regime

Justifying the Montfortian Regime

(p.147) 7 Justifying the Montfortian Regime
Bishops in the Political Community of England, 1213-1272

S. T. Ambler

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how the Montfortians constructed their case in support of their regime. In arguments put to Louis IX of France at Amiens at the turn of 1264, the Montfortians sought to align their regime with Magna Carta and thus borrow the Charter’s legitimacy; they also drew from the Aristotelian scholarship of Robert Grosseteste in highlighting the king’s inability to steward his finances. In the summer of 1264 they constructed a new justification, for the papal legate. Without a foundation of thought from which to draw in order to justify conciliar government, the Montfortians were forced to construct their case in the crucible of political crisis, a context which left its mark on their arguments. The chapter then examines how the Montfortians sought to justify and promote their regime to a broader audience, through the Song of Lewes and the Hilary parliament of 1265.

Keywords:   Robert Grosseteste, Louis IX, Magna Carta, papal legate, Amiens, Song of Lewes, parliament

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