Simon de Montfort

The History of Democracy in Britain

By Professor David Carpenter, published 11th August 2015

The Rise of the House of Commons

In this podcast Professor David Carpenter looks at the life and significance of Simon de Montfort, democracy and the rise of the House of Commons.

1. Introduction.
2. Why does he come into conflict with the king?
3. What led to the Second Baron's War?
4. Passionate reformer.
5. De Montfort appeals to areas of society.
6. Progenitor of democracy? The House of Commons.
7. Would Parliament have developed without de Montfort?
8. What was de Montfort's significance?

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