Monday, 29 February 2016

Alice Mohun of the Mohuns of Dunster

No Meek Subservient She!


The Mohun family had benefited by siding with King John, their closeness to those who ran the country paved the way for an advantageous marriage.
The Mohun's had as a family member and ally William Brewer who had himself flourished in royal service under King John.

This new generation of Mohuns were born into a world that was being shaped by John's famous charter. 
If the story of King John losing the royal treasure in the murky, muddy waters of the Wash in Lincolnshire is to be believed, then the royal crown of England still lies there today, in reality, whether this crown of England was lost, stolen or sold, in 1220, Henry III of England was crowned for the second time, with a brand new shiny one. With a new and young king on the throne, the populous looked forward to a monarch governing the country with a fair, but firm hand. However, by 1237 his reign was being undermined by many of his powerful barons. The troubles that had begun in the reign of King Stephen, had continued to rumbling on, although controlled under Henry II, had soon flared up once more under his father King John.
Henry, as did previous monarchs regularly used council meetings to discuss affairs of state, in Henry’s reign these meeting resulted in the early formation of an English Parliament. During the thirteenth century these assemblies were always summoned by the king and generally he consulted only a small council, but by requiring the wealthy barons to help govern, Henry strengthened their powers and in time they came to call themselves the Great Council. These men grew to think that the king must consult the council and when decisions were made without their consultation they developed a sense of being excluded from the work of government in which they felt entitled to participate.  


The rest of Alice Mohun's story can be read on my website


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