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This Song Has Come to an End

The Battle of Yamen marks the death of Emperor Bing, the last Song Emperor. The Mongols have won, but it is a hollow victory. Kublai Kahn will be reviled by his own Mongols because he has made himself over to be acceptable to the Song intellectuals that remain. Although the Mongol Empire is larger than it has ever been before, it will get no larger. Elements of the Empire are breaking away already. [1] [2] [3]

Donations to Churches to Avoid Taxes Are Banned

King Edward I passes the first of the Mortmain Acts (Dead Hand Acts) in order to prevent his subjects from avoiding taxes due upon their death. By subdividing and HANDING their property to the Church upon their DEATH ("Dead Hand"... Mort-Main), the taxes never came due and extracting tithes of soldiers/knights/rente from the Church became difficult for the King. That loophole is now closed. [4] [5] [6]

See Also


  1. Historical Events for Year 1279, from History Orb
  2. Battle of Yamen, Wikipedia
  3. Year 1279, Wikipedia
  4. Statute of Mortmain, 1279 (SOURCE DOCUMENT)
  5. Mortmain Acts, from Legal Dictionary
  6. Origin of MORTMAIN, from Merriam-Webster

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