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The Plantagenets: History of a Dynasty by J. S. Hamilton

By J. S. Hamilton

The tale of the Plantagenet dynasty is the tale of 1 of the pivotal a long time in English background. Attitudes and outlooks have been shaped with reference to an unlimited array of profoundly very important concerns. Such basic concerns because the courting among church and kingdom, the character of government/governance, the interplay of social and fiscal periods, and eventually the assumption of what it potential to be English have been all formed to an exceptional measure by way of the occasions of the 13th and fourteenth centuries.

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But when Louis IX led his army across the Charente at Taillebourg, Henry rushed to its defence and headlong into a trap. He was lucky to escape, and was forced to retreat south to Bordeaux without offering battle. Indeed, the only reason why Henry was able to extricate himself from Taillebourg at all was the presence there of his brother, Richard. He, rather than the king, was accorded a truce of just one day on account of his status as a crusader, and this truce allowed the English withdrawal.

Despite his crusading zeal, however, Simon accepted the Gascon appointment, the king having promised him extensive resources, including full disposal of all duchy revenues not specifically owed elsewhere, as well as reimbursement for any expenses incurred in restoring or building castles and fortifications. Montfort was promised 2,000 marks in cash and the service of 50 knights for the first year of his lieutenancy; he probably arrived in the duchy with an even larger force than that. Simon travelled first to Paris where he convinced Blanche of Castile, acting as regent for her son Louis IX, to extend the truce between France and England, which was about to expire.

Although Henry received Alexander’s homage for the Scottish king’s English lands, when Alexander refused a request to perform homage for Scotland, Henry did not press the issue. He was satisfied merely to register his claim to overlordship. The same was true in September 1255 when Henry entered the Scottish kingdom for the only time in his reign, meeting his daughter and son-in-law at Roxburgh. What he sought during this visit was financial support, already approved by the pope, for his Sicilian venture, but he continued to insist that such a levy of Scottish taxes was not to set a precedent or to prejudice the Scottish king’s rights.

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