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A 10% Increase in Income for King Edward I

In an attempt to stop "coin clipping" (snipping a piece of silver off of a coin) King Edward I has 680 English subjects arrested, tried and 298 are executed, allowing the King to confiscate their property. The total take for the King is £16,500 which is almost 10% of the nation's annual income. In 2011 dollars that is $19,400,000 minimum.

In 1696 Issac Newton, as Warden of the Mint, will have all coins remade to prevent coin-clipping. Pull a quarter out of your pocket and you will see the genius of Issac Newton staring back at you.... a serrated edge... instant coin-clipping detection. Issac Newton will be knighted shortly thereafter. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It is not clear why 90% of the coin clippers executed were Jews. One could assume it is due to antisemitism, but it might be from an inordinate number of Jews being merchants and bankers since for many years, the Jews represented the King in finance... often with the King as a silent partner. But by this time, the Jews have lost their usefulness to the King, and he may be trying to wring the last few dollars from them before expelling them from England. Expelling the Jews from England will occur 12 more years in the future. They will not return for 300 years.

The King of Beer is Dead

King Otakar II of Bohemia, the King who authorized Budweis beer brewing, aspired to rule all of Central Europe but the Battle on the Marchfeld will be his downfall. King Rudolf I of Germany sends his forces to out flank Otakar in a surprise move. Apparently distracting a superior force from the front and then hitting him from the side with a smaller force is considered bad form. King Otakar is found dead on the battlefield. [6] [7]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Bohemia will be ruled well by Otakar's son, King Wenceslaus II, no relation to "Good King Wenceslaus" of the famed Christmas carol. Both were from Bohemia but "Good King Wenceslaus" was a Duke of Bohemia... not a king. [8]

Holy Cow! The War is Over!

The War of the Cow in the southern Netherlands which began in 1275 has finally ended. 15,000 dead. 60 villages wiped out, arson, destruction and death... ALL OVER ONE STINKING COW! [9]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I explained this war in my comments on the year 1275. Essentially, a government official was trying to get himself some recognition but it got out of hand and turned into a full-blown war.

See Also


  1. Top 10 Isaac Newton Inventions: Number 8 by Robert Lamb and Tristin Hopper, 2008-2014
  2. 1278 November 17, EDWARD I (England), Jewish History, 1270-1279
  3. Historical Events for Year 1278, from History Orb
  4. Measuring Worth, Measures of worth, inflation rates, saving calculator, relative value, worth of a dollar
  5. Coin Clipping, from History House: Articles on the History of Essex, Researching your Ancestors, and British History
  6. Battle on the Marchfeld (1278)
  7. Battle on the Marchfeld, Wikipedia
  8. Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, Wikipedia
  9. War of the Cow (1275-1278), from the Eupedia, Belgium Travel Guide

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