1208 - SIMON DE MONTFORT

Simon De Montfort, became the 6th Earl of Leicester in 1208. He enlarged and improved the residential buildings of the castle and entertained King Henry III and his son Prince Edward here at Leicester Castle's Great Hall. 

In 1264 he led the Barons' rebellion. He defeated King Henry III to become the uncrowned King of England.

During his rule, Simon De Montfort called the first directly elected parliament in Europe.