Evesham, battle of

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Evesham, battle of, 1265. After his victory over the forces of Henry III at Lewes in May 1264, Simon de Montfort took possession of king and government. But Prince Edward, Henry's son, escaped from Hereford in May 1265 and raised an army in the west. De Montfort entered south Wales to ally with Llywelyn and then marched to Evesham, hoping to link up with his son Simon, advancing from Kenilworth. He was intercepted by an overwhelming royalist force and on 4 August, just north of Evesham, de Montfort and his supporters were butchered, ‘for battle none it was’.

J. A. Cannon

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