Monday, July 23, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 14th secular

Edward III, 1327-1377
- came to the throne at age 15, his mother and her lover ran things for the first three years - 1338, the outbreak of the 100 years war with France (France wanted the English off the continent and the English wanted to stay) - 1346, the English won the battle of Crecy
(outnumbered by the French, what saved the English were “lower-class” bowmen - leads to a gradually increasing political influence of the ‘lower’ classes)
- 1356, the English won the battle of Poitiers (another small English army with bowman beat a huge French army, and captured the king of France) - because of the war, the power of parliament grew - during his reign the House of Commons and the House of Lords are
seen in history for the first time
- 1348-1349 - the Black Death (bubonic plague) strikes Europe - a third to a half of the population (depending on the area) dies

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