Monday, September 8, 2014

History: The Year is 1422

I've uploaded year 1422 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

The Death of Two Kings and the Birth of the Tudors -- King Henry the 5th of England will die, leaving his nine month old son as King of England and France... and little Henry's mother will have other children, and become grandmother to the first Tudor king.

A Blind Man Could Win This War... and Will -- John "the One-Eyed" has lost his other eye but instead of whining about it, he invents mobile warfare! It's essentially a wooden tank!

The Death of Two Kings and the Birth of the Tudors

This year will be one wild ride.
  • King Henry the 5th of England and defacto ruler of France will take the town of Meaux [MO], but he will contract dysentery and die at the age of 35. His son, Henry the 6th, will be crowned King of England at nine months old.
  • Mad King Charles of France drops dead in his 50s. That makes Henry the 6th the new King of France at about 11 months old. King Charles' real son, Charles the 7th, who is 20 years old, will claim the kingship... but he won't be crowned until 1429 when Joan of Arc spurs him on to his coronation at Reims Cathedral.
For now, the 100 Years' War will carry on with the French mostly losing until Joan of Arc shows up at the camp, unannounced, dressed in a man's armor and demanding to see King Charles the 7th with a message from God, but for now Joan of Arc is a complete unknown. She is only 10 years old.[1] [2] [3] [4][5][6] [7]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
With King Henry the 5th dead, Queen Catherine is freed up for other activities... like secretly marrying Owen Tudor and giving birth to a dynasty that will one day produce the first Tudor king... but that's a few years away. [8]

A Blind Man Could Win This War... and Will

John "the One-Eyed" Ziska has led his Hussite troops ably but when he lost his other eye in battle last year, one might think he would step down. Instead, he has stepped up. All he had to do was to INVENT MOBILE WARFARE... essentially large war wagons with a mounted cannon. Thick boards will act as armor to protect the troops as they advance on fortified infantry positions. The war wagon will also act as a troop carrier. In the past cannons have been used only to lob huge stone projectiles at castle walls. Now it is being used against the infantry directly. In the Battle of Deutschbrod [DOISH-brood], the Hussites will spank 2,000 Royalist crusaders and hit a supply caravan netting the Hussites the largest amount of loot yet. John "the Blind" Ziska will win this war and his followers will erect a monument in his honor in Prague. It is a mighty bronze statute of John mounted on his horse staring ominously down at you. (Shiver!) It remains the 4th largest bronze equestrian statute in the world today. [9] [10] [11]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Keep in mind that the Hussites are just peasant farmers and clergymen up against a trained and well-equipped army. They also need money to finance this war, so they are hitting the Royal supply trains looking for stuff to steal and money to pay for the stuff they can't steal. And their raids are raising absolute havoc with the Emperor's logistics! This new war wagon invention is essentially a wooden tank that allows the Hussites to set up a mobile fortified position... like a MOVING CASTLE! You can find a detailed account in Geoffrey Hindley's book "Medieval Siege and Siegecraft" (2009) where he focuses on the war wagons and the strategic positioning of forces in these battles. [12] [13]


This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1422, Wikipedia.

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