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What to do with a simple-minded ruler: a medieval solution

The thirteenth century saw the reigns of several rulers ill-equipped for the task of government, decried not as tyrants but incompetents. Sancho II of Portugal (1223–48), his critics said, let his kingdom fall to ruin on account of his “idleness,” … Continue reading

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On This Day

OTD 1305: William Wallace was tried and executed at the Tower of London.

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On This Day

OTD 1460: Whilst besieging Roxburgh Castle, James II, King of the Scots was killed by one of his own army’s bombards. He was succeeded to the throne by his son James III.

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