King Philip the Fair and the IRS Scandal
Last year King Philip the Fair of France sent his minister to take Pope Boniface VIII prisoner. The King's minister accused the Pope of terrible religious crimes, vigorously tried him (quite vigorously) and let him go. Pope Boniface dropped dead on the way home. Now after 8 months Pope Benedict XI is dead... suddenly. If you read into these events you will suspect not only the murder of two Popes by agents of the King of France but the subjugation of the papal office itself. Soon Pope Clement the V will move the Papal Palace to France and allow the King to seize the vast assets of the Knights Templar.            
Braveheart and Donald Rumsfeld
With the fall of Stirling Castle, the Guardian of Scotland, John III Comyn, "bends the knee" and sues for terms. King Edward I of England is willing to give terms... for a price. Comyn must deliver up Sir William "Braveheart" Wallace by a date certain or the lot of them will be exiled from Scotland. Comyn agrees but he can't seems to find Wallace. It is not clear if Comyn is stalling or Wallace is that clever but he can't come up with Wallace. Yet, because he sued for peace Comyn is the goat and Wallace will be known as the man who stood unflinchingly for Scotland. Braveheart's days are numbered, though.       
A Softer More Cuddly Mongol... Compared to the Mamluks
Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, they get really, really strange. After the death of Kublai Khan in 1294, the Mongols broke into four feuding factions. While they were beating each other up they had less time to beat up on Europe and others. The most aggressive and closest faction to Europe was the Golden Horde led by Mahmud Ghazan but after his failure to wrest Syria from the hands of the Mamluks, he drops dead at 33 years old. With his passing, the factions unite under Kublai Khan's grandson, Temür Khan. This confederation will last only a few years.   
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