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LouisThe French Prince Who Invaded England$
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Catherine Hanley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300217452

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300217452.001.0001

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King of England?

King of England?

(p.89) Chapter Four King of England?

Catherine Hanley

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Louis VIII the Lion's invasion of England in an attempt to claim the English throne. It was May 20, 1216 when Louis sailed for England, only to encounter a violent storm across the Channel. The storm scattered Louis's fleet, jeopardising the campaign and putting his life in danger. As night gave way to day, however, the sea became calmer, and as the sun rose the next morning Louis was in sight of English shores. Just seven ships of the fleet had managed to stay together, and they anchored at Stonor on what was then the Isle of Thanet. This chapter first narrates Louis's arrival in England and his subsequent military campaign throughout the country before discussing his proto-government as the de facto king of England. It also examines Louis's excommunication by Pope Innocent III and his siege of Dover castle before concluding with an account of the death of King John.

Keywords:   invasion, Louis VIII the Lion, England, Stonor, military campaign, proto-government, excommunication, Pope Innocent III, Dover castle, King John

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