The Two Eleanors of Henry III written by Darren Baker and published by Pen and Sword Books £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 248.

This book is like two biographies in one as the author Darren Baker writes about the two Eleanors in the life of King Henry III, Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor De Montfort. This is a fascinating story of two lives on opposite sides during the Second Baron’s War. We get a look at the conflict, and motivations behind it, the Battle of Evesham. The book is very well written as you can imagine there must have been a little confusion as both women had the same name. The Lives of Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor de Montfort is an actually well written analysis, not only of the lives of the two Eleanor’s, but of the events and activities that would go on to form their world and threatened the very stability of the monarchy.

I must admit to not having a huge knowledge of the three main characters involved in this book, but it was a very enjoyable and balanced read that has filled a good gap in my knowledge of the three. The book is very well written and I had thought it was going to be a bit confusing with people called Eleanor, but it wasn’t at all, the lives and events were all laid out very well and the author did a great job of separating the two. A very good read indeed, and I got a lot from reading it, maybe if you have the knowledge already you might not agree but it was very good indeed for the average person.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.