Sunday, 1 July 2018

267) Simon IV (or V) de Montfort

Simon IV (or V) de Montfort (c. 1175 – 1218), also known as Simon de Montfort the Elder. French nobleman and soldier who took part in the Fourth Crusade (1202–1204) and was a prominent leader of the Albigensian Crusade.

- " It is in Toulouse that the commander Simon de Montfort - known as "The butcher of Occitanie", or "The Crusade Lion" (depending on the side!)- finds his end, his skull crushed in 1218 by a catapulted stone thrown by the women of the city (he was recognized by his distinct red hair!!).

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