The Reckoning Setting & Symbolism

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Evesham is a small town in England where a fateful battle takes place between King Henry and The Earl of Leicester Simon de Montfort five years before the beginning of The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman. This battle ends the civil war in England and results in the death of the hero rebel Simon de Montfort. Simon is defeated by a dubious trick of Prince Edward, Simon's nephew. Edward intercepts and defeats Simon's son Bran on his way to the battle. Flying Bran's banners, Edward sweeps down on Simon's waiting army and wins the battle before Simon figures out what happened. Edward shows remarkably cruelty to his uncle when he allows his men to mutilate Simon's body. Body parts are sent home as keepsakes of the battle and the remaining corpse thrown to the dogs. What is left of the body is buried by the monks at...

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