SMHS meeting: AGM & the Battle of Lewes

16 Apr 2014

After the Society's AGM, which found us to be in excellent shape, not only financially but also with the highest membership yet, 37 attendees settled down for a talk on the Battle of Lewes by SMHS member Richard Shenton.

Richard is a qualified Battlefield Guide and had taken a group of us on a guided walk on the same topic last year.

The Battle of Lewes took place on 14th May 1264. King Henry III was a weak King who spent too much. The landowning Barons rallied against him, annoyed at the level of taxation. Simon de Montfort was a brilliant battlefield tactician who had been playing cat and mouse with King Henry's army for some time. Finally they met at Lewes.

The Royalists outnumbered the Rebels two to one, but were fighting uphill. Henry, flanked by his brother and son, came up against the Rebels west of Lewes. An over-zealous Edward managed to disperse the inexperienced Londoners” but in doing so left Henry's flank exposed. The Rebels, with a reserve carefully hidden in a dip in the hills drove back Henry's army to the Priory. Henry and Edward were held as hostages and the Mise of Lewes was signed, with Henry relinquishing considerable power to the Barons.

This year will see Lewes hold a range of events to mark the 750th anniversary of the battle and Richard's talk ensured our group got involved.

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7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
Royal Oak Public House,
Station Street, Lewes,
East Sussex.

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