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The Jacquerie Blood Bath

While the heir apparent, Charles the Wise of France, has been in the provinces, the Jacquerie (Peasant) Revolt has been building in Paris led by Étienne Marcel, a representative for the merchants. When Charles returns to Paris, Marcel murders two nobles in an attempt to cow him but Charles the Wise is made of sterner stuff. He escapes Paris as the farmer, Guillaume Cale, organizes a peasant army to join Marcel in the rebellion. The revolt will be put down within months when Charles the Wise and King Charles II of Naverre (also known as Charles the Bad) strike back. Charles the Bad will negotiate with the peasants like Bruce Willis "negotiates" with terrorists in the movies. It's a slaughter. The blood of the peasants will flow for weeks thereafter as the nobles rout out the rebellious and send them to the gibbet or hang them from any convenient tree. By June 24th, 20,000 of the Jacquerie rebels are dead. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
OK... I can explain this rebellion in terms of the nobles maintaining stability in the middle of a government crisis or the peasants attempting to throw off their slave-owners, but frankly... both sides are worthless. When the peasants murdered the two nobles it forced the nobles to unite behind Charles the Wise. That was a mistake but the peasants lost any moral claim when they roasted a noble on a spit; raped his lady repeatedly and then forced her to eat parts of her husband. Part of winning a rebellion is convincing your oppressors that your cause is just. During the American Revolution many English nobles agreed that the Americans were being treated unfairly. HOWEVER, had the American rebels been roasting lords and raping ladies across the colonies, the nobles in England would have united behind King George III and aborted America in its aborning no matter what the cost. Know what I mean? [7]

Edward's Heart, Isabella's Soul

Do you remember Queen Isabella? She was the wife of King Edward II of England, She had him put to death by having a red hot poker shoved up his... well... it was painful. She ALSO had King Edward's heart cut out and set aside in a small chest... so to speak. She was eventually sidelined by her son, King Edward III and packed off to a nunnery. Now she has died at the age of 62. At her request, she will be buried in her wedding dress along with her husband's heart. She will finally have in death what she could not have in life... his undivided heart. [8] [9] [10]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It's difficult to understand Queen Isabella in this light. One can understand the power plays she engaged in with the Barons. One can understand her desire to manipulate her son, the present King Edward III of England. One can even forgive her desire to have her own husband put to death in a horrible way considering how embarrassed she must have felt with his multiple dalliances in public. Why she would want to be buried with the King's heart is beyond comprehension. She seems like a lost soul now. She will leave the majority of her holdings to her grandson, the Black Prince Edward rather than to her son who banished her to the nunnery.

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References

  1. Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. (Barbara Tuchman, bio). A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. Ballantine, 1979. pp. 175-176. (BOOK) quote="Above all, they saw the complicity in lawlessness of the knight who, if he could not pay a brigand's demand for ransom, took service with his company for a year or two, 'so easy it was to make out of a gentleman a brigand.' No plan of revolution, but simple hate ignited the Jacquerie."
  2. 1358: Guillaume Cale, leader of the Jacquerie, ExecutedToday.com, 2008-Jun-10.
  3. Jacquerie - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  4. Étienne Marcel - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  5. Battle of Mello - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  6. Gibbeting - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  7. George III of the United Kingdom - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  8. Isabella of France, RootsWeb.Ancestry.com, 2014 [last update]
  9. The Mad Monarchist: Consort Profile: Isabella of England. 2009
  10. Isabella of France (and Queen of England) - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]

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