This Day in History: there was not a giveaway of a castle going on in 1314. Well, considering the way politics worked, and considering the recent upheaval of Bannockburn in which many Scottish lords had lost their lands in England and many English nobles were losing their lands in Scotland–and somebody was going to get all those foreited lands and castles–there probably was.
Loyalty to a liege to be entered to win! On the bright side, entering to win my giveaway is much easier–just leave a comment on the post. Any comment will do, but hey, be creative. Who’s your favorite monarch? Who’s your favorite medieval madman? What’s your favorite era of history?
On the downside, I don’t have a castle to give away–only a notebook with a photograph of one. But it’s a step closer than no castle at all, right?
This Day in History, speaking of lieges, in the year 1314, the world was likely still reeling from the Scots’ stunning victory at Bannockburn the previous June, and adjusting to the changes that resulted, and today, on November 30, was waking up to learn that Philip IV of France, known as Philip the Fair, and sometimes as the Iron King, had died the previous day.
Philip began his reign on August 16, 1284–to which the astute student of medieval history will of course immediately respond: But of course! I see the connection! One year, seven months, and three days before Alexander III of Scotland died on that dark and stormy night while rushing home to his new bride, who was–it’s clear by his rush to get home to her!–far more fair than Philip. Life that night was far less fair, but that’s the subject of another post.
Really, apart from all this fairness, there is a connection, and Alexander’s death most certainly impacted Philip’s life, and reign. In truth, a single blog post can barely scratch the surface of this topic–beginning with understanding the interweaving of connections, marriages, loyalties, and allegiances among the nobility. There’s a blog post or ten unto itself!
Let’s start with Edward I of England (also known as Longshanks, also known as Hammer of the Scots–because apparently nobody in 1314 was satisfied with just one, or even two, monikers). Edward–purely as an interesting side note–was crowned king of England 3 days short of ten years to the day before Philip, on August 19, 1274. Hm, there’s that number three again! Clearly there’s a Da Vinci Code type secret going on here! But I digress.
To read the rest of the intriguing story of Beautiful Blanche and the Much More Fair Maid Margaret…see Laura’s blog.