The Hundred Years War

The useless, boring, nerve wrecking, futile Hundred Years War (1337 – 1453) was between the rival kingdoms of England and France. The cause of this ridiculous war was a feud over the land of Aquitane, France. The English ruled Aquitane but because it was located in France, the English had to pay allegiance to the French monarch. They refused to do so.

The English king, Edward III, also laid a claim to the throne of France. He argued that his mother was the daughter of the French king, Philip IV. Therefore he was the grandson of Philip IV. However, the French refuted this by saying that because Edward’s lineage was through a woman, it was illegitimate.

Finally, the French and English kings decided upon war, as the nobles thought it was the best and easiest method of gaining the rival’s kingdom. So the House of Plantagenet (English) and the House of Valois (French) embarked upon a war that would last over a hundred years. Continue reading

King Louis IX of France

Statue of King Louis IX in Lower Chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle

Statue of King Louis IX in Lower Chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle

King Louis IX of France, of the Capetian dynasty, reigned from 1226 to 1270 A.D. He was a peacemaker in Europe and he constantly performed anonymous charity services. Louis seriously wanted to convert the French Jews to Catholicism, as he himself was a devout Catholic. He was canonized a saint in 1297 by Pope Boniface VIII. Continue reading