He met Guy at the Battle of Val-es-Dunes in 1047. There he defeats Guy and Began to establish his control over Normandy. In 1060, William had firm control of Normandy. Around 1050, William married Matilda of Flanders, as their marriage was a political marriage, William was allied with the
Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine, after her marriage to Louis VII of France was annulled. By marrying Eleanor, Henry II gained an enormous inheritance because the duchy of Aquitaine was granted to the crown of England. She gave him land on the continent as well as
The story of Bayeux Tapestry illustrates a political statement. King Edward picked William to be his successor after he died; however, Harold deceived him and took over the Throne of England. In addition, Harold fought William throughout the war in order to succeed after King Edward died. William believed that he should have been the next king of England. For example, the Tapestry shows Harold taking an oath of William, which I assume to be an agreement to support William as the King of England.
An Interesting Union of Kingdoms In Shakespeare’s play Henry V, the union of England and France were beneficial to both countries. King Henry V desired to obtain rule of France, especially since he believed to be a rightful heir. King Charles of France would not content easily with Henry, but eventually he realized the union was for the best. The two great kingdoms were united not only by Henry’s rule, but also by the marriage of Henry and Princess Kathrine of France. King Henry believed he was entitled to the throne of not only England but also France.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “The king, Chilperic II, was in the power of Ragenfrid, mayor of the palace of Neustria, who joined forces with the Frisians in Holland in order to eliminate Charles. Plectrude imprisoned Charles and tried to govern in the name of her grandchildren, but Charles escaped, gathered an army, and defeated the Neustrians in battles at Amblève near Liège (716 [CE]) and at Vincy near Cambrai (717 [CE]).”(Duckett, Eleanor Shipley) Martel had a lot of military experience before the Battle of Tours by uniting the Frankish Kingdom (most of the present-day France, and some of Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, and Germany), so he was prepared to fight the battle that would ultimately decide the fate of the western world’s religion. The fact that he was able to do it at all, against all odds also adds to his repertoire as a military genius. This skill as a military tactician ultimately allowed him to muster the forces to defeat the Moors at the Battle of Tours and secure the future success of Christianity in
Thomas Cromwell was a man who came to power during the reign of HenryVIII. While that is a true statement, it also fails to provide a clear indication of what Cromwell’s power consisted of and how much of it he actually had. Cromwell was Henry’s chief minister and vicegerent , which meant he had a large degree of influence over the initial stages of Henry’s reformation. Cromwell’s rise occurred because he supposedly was able to solve the kings problem of divorce. Diarmaid MacCulloch credits Cromwell with spearheading, if not greatly directing the religious developments of Henry’s England.
Chapter 10 AFTER RUNNYMEDE When the Magna Carta was sealed, that was not the end of the story. England was still in a civil war because the barons and John were still at odds. This war was not hot and furious, the Charter had provided a framework for peace, but one could not say there was peace in the realm. Also, the French were on the march, and they were in the process of invading England. William Marshal was at John’s side, prepared to stand in defense of the king and the realm against the French.
He described it as another evil. Paine believed it was “an insult and an imposition on posterity.” (15) Paine questions the idea that just because one man may be worthy of the throne, who is to say that his descendants will also be worthy enough. With posterity in mind he questions who holds the right to say that the king’s children should reign over the people’s children forever. It would be unfair, in Paine’s eyes. An important point Paine suggests people should remember is that when planning for future generations, “virtue is not hereditary.” (44) Unfortunately, Paine does state that it is an evil that cannot be removed easily, once it is
Prince Klemens von Metternich was elected “emperor” by Emperor Francis of Austria when he created the office of state chancellor. Being a royal figure who is not from the royal bloodline is not the only thing that makes Metternich a unique figure in the history of European political leaders. He is a controversial figure who can be seen as selfish Austrian leader preventing other European countries to make peace with each other and become powerful, or a great diplomat,who brought continental peace to Europe during the 18th and 19th century, Metternich aimed for European continental peace; although he was doing more work to secure Austria’s position in the midst of the big and intimidating countries. He was the one, who made Austria to be
Politics is a critical element of Richard II, and it is a guiding force of King Henry when he makes the decision to banish Exton. Appearances are crucial to any politicians, but particularly to a new king, such as Henry, who overthrew the last king in a military coup. King Henry shows a great understanding of himself and politics and is a better ruler than Richard because of that knowledge. King Henry has to solidify his rule, authority and power, and he has to do it quickly. A new king, one who gained power by force, cannot allow the murderer of the previous king to remain unpunished.
With a new King on the throne of England, the kingdom and royal court was transformed into a fresh, flamboyant playground for the nobility of England, not to mention the new King Henry VIII. Gone were the days of Henry VII’s strict political reign. Unlike his father, Henry VIII believed his people desired to see him acting as a king and not be so concerned with matters of state. Cardinal Wolsey undoubtedly had an impressionable influence over the King himself and over the royal court. When analysing Henry VIII’s reign, it would be impossible to exclude Cardinal Wolsey from this.
William stated that Edward promised the crown of England to him. William is a distant cousin to Edwards, so he confirms his title because he has blood association. William states that a few years ago, Edward choose Williams to be his heir. In 1051 Edward the confessor promised to make Edward the air of England which promised him a large leap of power. In 1066 Edward changed his mind and gave crown to Harold who had no tie to the throne.
At the end of signing a huge signature on the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock said, “There, I guess King George will be able to read that without his spectacles!” John Hancock changed the course of a war that was bound to be won by the British, and did so in a manner of elegance that could not be compared. Some would even argue that his role in the Revolutionary War was as significant as George Washington or Benjamin Franklin. Born on January 12, 1737, in what is now Quincy, Massachusetts, John Hancock was orphaned at a young age and taken in by his uncle, Thomas Hancock. A wealthy businessman and successful merchant, Thomas Hancock groomed John to one day take over his shipping business. Growing up in his uncle’s Boston mansion, Hancock was tutored for a year and then attended Boston Latin School.