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Battle of Lewes (1264)

The Battle of Lewes was one of the two major battles of the Second Barons’ War (1264-1267) fought between the rebellious barons and the royal forces at Lewes in Sussex on May 14, 1264. The baronial forces led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester defeated the royal army and captured King Henry III and his son Prince Edward (later Edward I of England). Simon de Montfort became de facto ruler of England and summoned the first directly-elected parliament in medieval Europe one year later.

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