Wednesday, 14 May 2014
A step on the way to parliamentary democracy
Today is the 750th anniversary of the Battle Of Lewes, when the barons, led by Simon de Montfort, with the aid of Welsh archers, defeated Henry III. In 1265, de Montfort presided over the first English parliament attended by elected members. Though the barons were later defeated in Evesham, parliament continued under Henry III's son, Edward I.