Monarch essay - Alexander A. Nunes Professor Ann Felton...

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Alexander A. Nunes Professor Ann Felton History 101: Western Civilization 7 April 2011 The Struggle for Power Conquest and the power to rule are two sought after privileges and as most historical rulers believed, it was a right. The road to control and to kingship is often bloody and full of backstabbing. Such is the case for Henry the II conquest for the throne of England and other monarchs like Louis VII. Manipulation, strategic marriage, family ties and diplomacy all contribute to the modus operandi of rising monarchs, but as history shows it never quite goes without complication.This particular story revolves around Louis VII and Henry II and their coming into power. Hardly ever does a kings subjects follow every decision and rule that is decreed. During this point in history many parts of Europe were still under the feudal system, Louis' kingdom in particular. Part of Louis' struggle was keeping control of disgruntled Lords and Vassals that steadily gained power through their control over land. “In some cases, vassals became more powerful and wealthier than their overlords. .”(Slaughter 212). For Louis VII it inevitably led to using force to put down insubordinate Lords. The slaughter of Champagne showed that Louis VII wasn't afraid to show his power, but the repercussions that followed forced Louis to show some sort of penance in order to keep his support. On the other side of the pond things were quite different. Before Henry II assumed the throne, his great grandfather William the Conqueror
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