Today in History
Today in History – Henry II defeated Peter of Castile at the Battle of Montiel on March 15th, 1369.
A major civil war had broken out over succession in 1366 that lead to a feud between Henry of Trastamara and his half-brother Peter Of Castile. Initially, the English had supported Peter of Castile in his claim to rule Castile and Leon as the child of King Alfonso XI of Castile and his wife Maria of Portugal. The alliance proved to be useful during what is known as the “War of The Two Peters” from 1356 to 1366. It was in 1366 that Peter would be thrown into a civil war and fight against his half-brother that would end in his death. Henry was the bastard son of King Alfonso XI and his mistress Eleanor de Guzmán.
Henry II fatally stabbed his brother Peter on March 23rd, 1366. After the two men’s forces met at Montiel, Peter took refuge in the castle controlled by the Order of Santiago. It was while in seeking refuge in Montiel that Peter asked for the assistance of Bertrand Du Guesclin. The two men met several times because Guesclin was Henry’s envoy. Peter offered the envoy a ton of gold. They informed Guesclin he would receive about 200,000 gold coins and a ton of land if only he would betray Henry and join Peter’s cause. Bertrand Du Guesclin told Henry of the deal to secure a higher compensation for remaining loyal. They then misled Peter and told him that Guesclin would accept the deal which brought him to a tent one late evening where Henry was inside waiting to ambush his brother and officially securing his rule.
The historian López de Ayala described the encounter:
“Upon entering Du Guesclin’s tent, Henry saw King Peter. He did not recognize him because they had not seen each other for a long time. One of Bertrand’s men said ‘This is your enemy.’ But King Henry asked if it was he and … King Peter said twice, ‘I am he, I am he.’ Then King Henry recognized him and hit him in the face with a knife and they … fell to the ground. King Henry struck him again and again.”
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The California Department of Education is about to vote on a proposed new public school ethnic studies curriculum that will reportedly stress “decolonization” of American society, teach kids that the US is filled with racism, oppression and white supremacy, and replace the Christian God (white supremacy) with kids chanting to the Aztec god of human sacrifice.
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What could go wrong?
King Henry really was a bastard in all ways.
I read of the California Department of Education(?) Ethnic study cirriculum. Isn’t forcing students to chant pagan prayers a violation of separation of religion and state? I guess that separation only applies if the religion is Christianity in Commiefornia.
It only applies to Christianity. Never to Islam or to various pagan or wiccan faiths.
Bertrand Du Guesclin, one of the ugliest men, but one of the most noble. Henry II, on the other hand… Of course, Peter trying to bribe a peace envoy wasn’t the most noble thing to do ever either.
What can you say. Castilians…
Castilians haven’t changed much over the intervening years.
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