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100 Years' War: The Hole that Let the English Through

The French city of Rouen surrenders to King Henry the 5th. King Henry has been in secret alliance with John the Fearless, the Duke of Burgundy. Last year John took Paris "for the protection of the King" but the heir apparent, Charles the 7th, escaped the city. He was naturally suspicious of the motives of a man who would murder the King's brother with an axe in the streets of Paris. (See year 1407, A Murder in Paris.) Finally, John and Charles agree to let by-gones be by-gones. Unfortunately the men guarding the heir apparent have other plans and one of the fellows puts an axe through the head of John the Fearless. Philip the Good, the new Duke of Burgundy, will side openly with the English and next year King Henry the 5th will be recognized as the King of France and England, thus unifying the two countries under a single king... for a little while. [1] [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
In years to come a future King of France will look upon the skull of John the Fearless and a monk will say "Sire, this is the hole through which the English entered France." One presumes the monk meant the hole that the axe made through John's head. Had John lived, it seems likely he would have made a deal with the heir apparent and Paris would have remained in the hands of the French King. [4]

FYI: The city of Rouen is where Joan of Arc will be burned at the stake.

When Government Goes Out the Window

The Hussite Wars are a series of religious conflicts in Bohemia centered around Prague. The Bohemians are generally sympathetic to the preachings of Jan Hus, a follower of John Wycliffe. Usually such people are called Lollards, but Jan Hus developed a following all his own, especially after he was burned at the stake in 1415. Now comes the aftermath. With the ending of the Great Schism everyone must get back in line... but the Hussites want their religious freedom. When several Hussites are arrested in Prague, a Hussite priest leads his congregation to the city square. Unfortunately (for the city council) someone throws a rock out the window at the crowd. A cry goes up. The doors come down and the city councilmen are themselves thrown out the window. Thus begin the Hussite Wars with something called "defenestration" [dee-fen-ness-TRAY-shun] meaning "throwing things out the window." In this case... it will be government officials. [5] [6] [7]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
OK... stop cheering. :-) Defenestration [dee-fen-ness-TRAY-shun] won't become a word until 1618 when the folks of Prague do it again during the 30 Years' War. The result of that war will be the Treaty of Westphalia allowing the religious freedom of nations (not individuals) and ending privateering. "No privateering" means that the military can't give military-grade weapons to "rebels" and then "disavow any knowledge of their actions" as was done on the TV show, Mission Impossible. (See link below.) [8] The military must maintain control over their weapons and armored vehicles. They can't just give them to the local police for riot control... but what is the likelihood of THAT ever happening? Eh? [9] [10]


  • 2014 Ferguson unrest. [11]
  • 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine.[12]
  • The Posse Comitatus Act. [13]
  • United States intervention in Chile.[14]

Tsushima Island and the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Japan cannot seem to control the pirates on Tsushima Island so the Koreans are going to control the pirates for them. This has been an ongoing problem but last year the man the Koreans set up to control this problem has died. The pirates overwhelm the remaining Korean forces. Due to impending starvation, these pirates have set sail to China to beg for food but along the way they hit a couple of Korean ports and do what pirates do. The Koreans launch a raid on the Island while they are gone and burn 129 ships, 1,939 houses, and kill or capture 135 pirates. The Korean force is repelled but they come to an understanding with one of the pirate clans and that clan keeps all the others in line. [15] [16] [17]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
In the Battle of Tsushima Strait in 1905 the Japanese will crush the Russian Baltic Fleet. Theodore Roosevelt will win the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the treaty at the end of the Russo-Japanese War. The Japanese will riot in the streets. The treaty conditions will limit the NUMBER of ships Japan can float but not the tonnage. That limit (and oversight) will force the Japanese to mothball their old fleet and build a newer fleet with larger, more capable ships with the latest technology. Their fleet will have the range and power to hit Pearl Harbor and Teddy Roosevelt will give them the oldest reason in the world to do so... revenge, baby. Revenge.[18][19] [20]

This Year in Wikipedia

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See Also


  1. Assassination of John the Fearless - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  2. Rouen - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  3. Charles VII of France - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  4. Francis I of France - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  5. Defenestrations of Prague - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  6. Jan Hus - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  7. Pope Martin V - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  8. Mission Impossible Self Destruct message with Peter Graves.wmv - YouTube. 2014 [last update] Note: The self-destruct message begins at 1:17.
  9. Defenestration - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  10. Peace of Westphalia: Tenents - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  11. 2014 Ferguson unrest - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  12. Vladimir Putin - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  13. Posse Comitatus Act - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  14. United States intervention in Chile - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  15. Ōei Invasion - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  16. Tsushima Island - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  17. Wokou - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  18. Battle of Tsushima - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  19. Russo-Japanese War - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  20. Attack on Pearl Harbor - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]

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