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Lower Taxes, Control Spending, Make the Sheriff of Nottingham Rich

The "Provisions of Westminster" has been created to control the TAX AND SPEND policies of King Henry III. The King, while leading an extravagant lifestyle on the taxpayer's dime, has been spending like crazy on buildings and charity. [1]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
FYI, this "solution" doesn't last long but the local sheriffs make a ton of money in between the taxes owed to the King and the actual taxes collected. Oddly enough... they aren't the same number. Where is Robin Hood when you need him?

"Peace in our time" Leads to the "100 Year War"

King Henry III signs the Paris Treaty with King Louis IX of France thus ending 100 years of conflict. Under the treaty King Henry III will maintain a Duchy in the southwest of France but numerous resentments on both sides will boil over into the famous "100 Year War" beginning in 1337. [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It is important to remember that King Henry III was a little too free with letting foreigners into English territories and many Englishmen resented this, including his own son, Prince Edward. Yet, English territories included estates in what we would consider western France. This will lead to an unstable relationship and on-and-off wars.

Niccolo Polo Exports Jobs that Constantinos Don't Want to Do

Marco Polo's father, Niccolo Polo, moves his business out of Constantinople to what is today known as Uzbekistan. It is under Mongol control. He does so to improve his profits. While he is gone, Marco Polo will be born. Apparently Niccolo was unaware that his wife was pregnant before he left. [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
There is a temptation to suggest that somehow Nicclo's wife was unfaithful to him and I suppose that is possible, but the times work out and there is no reason to believe she was anything but faithful to her husband. In any case she had died while her husband was gone so there is nothing more to say. Update: In an earlier version of this summary, I confused Marco Polo's father with Marco Polo himself so now I'm checking myself more carefully. Remember that I am not an historian. This is why I am providing references so that you can double-check me. I am willing to be corrected. Really.

Lufthansa Airlines inherits the spirit of Pirate Fighters

Several German cities join in defense of their merchant shipping against the pirates of the Baltic Sea. This defense pack will eventually be known as the Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League is remembered in the names of several modern organizations including Lufthansa (Air Hansa). [5]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
The "Hanseatic League" has an interesting sound to it, lending itself to fictional organizations. Kevin J. Anderson uses the name "the Terran Hanseatic League" (the Hansa) to describe the galaxy-spanning rulers in his space opera series "The Saga of Seven Suns". [6]

See Also


  1. "Regionalism and Revision: The Crown and Its Provinces in England, 1200-1650" pp. 74-75, edited by Peter Fleming, Anthony Gross, J.R. Lander.
  2. "The Hundred Years War, 1337 to 1453" by Sharon Atchley
  3. "The Hundred Years War" by Maurice Keen
  4. "Timeline: Marco Polo's Journey", source Encyclopedia Britannica from WNET Public Media
  5. "The Chronicle of the Hanseatic League Continued", European Heritage (in German)
  6. "The Saga of Seven Suns" by Kevin J. Anderson - Wikipedia

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