Thursday, July 28, 2005

The hundred years war.

So the Temple is defeated in France, and subsequently I am sure that the ensuing power vacuum in europe led directly or indirectly to the hundred years war. I am minded of that famous speech written by Shakespeare and placed in the mouth of Hal;

'This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remember'd; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.'

I cannot help but think that the church had set about cleaning europe, not happy with wrenching power from the temple, it set about wrenching the life from 'la famille'. Maybe Henry set about a rescue of some of his Angevin kin.

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