BLOOD CRIES AFAR: The Magna Carta War


BLOOD CRIES AFAR: The Magna Carta War

SEAN MCGLYNN    Book Number: 86087    Product format: Paperback

When King John reluctantly signed the Magna Carta in 1215, he created a turning point in British history, despite the fact that the barons' bill of rights was quickly violated. Civil wars followed, and the defeated rebels invited the French heir to the throne Prince Louis to lead their fightback. With his large invasion force, Louis remained in England for 18 months. Royalist resistance was led by William of Kensham who the author argues may have been a prototype for Robin Hood. This book tells the fascinating story of the short-lived 13th century French occupation in the time of Henry III, starting with John's war with the barons. Despite falling ill at King's Lynn John led his army over the Wash at Long Sutton, losing his baggage train in the currents before heading for Newark Castle, where he died. Nine-year-old Henry III succeeded him, and the war then entered a new phase as Louis's losses mounted at the hands of the ruthless William "Willikin" of Kensham. The Prince returned to France for reinforcements, returning with a new weapon of war, a trebuchet, which he set up in front of Dover Castle. But the tide of war turned against him, as a crushing defeat at Lincoln was followed by the decisive naval battle of Sandwich, about which contemporary chronicles such as the History of William Marshal and The Romance of Eustace the Monk offer competing versions. A fascinating, well documented account of a little-known interlude. 320pp, paperback, black and white reproductions.
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ISBN 9780750963916
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