Thursday, August 2, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 14th secular

John II, “the Good Fellow”, 1350-1364
- “good knight and a mediocre king”
 - 1355, England renews the war, defeats France at the battle of Poitiers, captures John and his son - they are taken hostage to England until a ransom is paid - the huge rise in taxes and absence of the king lead to civil chaos and peasant uprisings in France 
- in 1360, John is released on the partial payment of his ransom, but one of the other hostages escaped and John returned to captivity, dying there

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