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  1. Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, known as Simon IV de Montfort and as Simon de Montfort the Elder, was a French nobleman and famed knight of the early 13th century. He is widely regarded as one of the great military commanders of the Middle Ages. He took part in the Fourth Crusade and was one of the prominent figures of the Albigensian Crusade. Montfort is mostly noted for his campaigns in the latter, notably for his triumph at Muret. He died at the siege of Toulouse in 1218. He was lor

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      He was the son of Simon de Montfort, lord of Montfort...

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      Simon remained on his estates in France before taking the...

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    Seal of Simon IV de Montfort Simon IV de Montfort, Seigneur de Montfort-l'Amaury, 5th Earl of Leicester (1165 – 25 June 1218), also known as Simon de Montfort the elder, was a French nobleman who took part in the Fourth Crusade (1202–1204) and was a prominent leader of the Albigensian Crusade. He died at the siege of Toulouse in 1218.

    He was the son of Simon de Montfort (d. 1188), lord of Montfort l'Amaury in France near Paris, and Amicia de Beaumont, daughter of Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester - the de Montfort line itself descends from the Counts of Flanders. He succeeded his father as Baron de Montfort in 1181; in 1190 he married Alix de Montmorency, the daughter of Bouchard III de Montmorency. She shared his piety and would accompany him on his campaigns. In 1191 his brother, Guy, left on the Third Crusade in th...

    Simon remained on his estates in France, where in 1209 he was elected captain-general of the French forces in the Albigensian Crusade by his fellow nobles, reportedly after several larger players had turned down the role. He led the siege and subsequent sack of Béziers on 22 July 1209 when the entire population of twenty thousand Cathars and Catholics were slaughtered. Thousands sought sanctuary in the Cathedral of St Nazaire which was set on fire and also in the Eglise de la Madeleine ...

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  3. Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester (c. 1175 – 25 June 1218), known as Simon IV (or V) de Montfort and as Simon de Montfort the Elder, was a French nobleman and famed knight of the early 13th century.

  4. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester is the 1,595th most popular politician (up from 2,251st in 2019). Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester is most famous for being a leader of the barons during the 1264-1265 Second Barons' War.

  5. Montfort was a younger son of Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, a French nobleman and crusader, and Alix de Montmorency. His paternal grandmother was Amicia de Beaumont, the senior co-heiress to the Earldom of Leicester and a large estate owned by her brother Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester , in England.

  6. Bust in the Battle Gallery of the Palace of Versailles. Simon IV. De Montfort (* around 1160; † June 25, 1218 before Toulouse ), lord of Montfort-l'Amaury , Épernon and Rochefort , was the military leader of the Albigensian crusade from 1209 until his death . He became the 5th Earl of Leicester by inheritance and, due to his conquests in the Albigensian Crusade, Vice-Count of Carcassonne and Béziers , Count of Toulouse and Duke of Narbonne .

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