The Power of Medieval Kings by Erinn Hopkins

The Power of Medieval Kings by Erinn Hopkins

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  • King John II         1199-1216                 Power=4/10
  • Oops! I don't like the sound of that!
  • We want you to agree to our new rules because your making us all poor!
  • Henry III             1216-1272             power=3/10
  • Children make bad kings.
  • It's time to attend to matters of court, sire
  • Oh! Not now I am playing with my friends, Baron!
  • Edward II               1307-1327               power=5/10
  • Our marriage will unite France and England.  Let's hope for many years of peace.
  • Maybe! We will see
  • King John had very little power because after he upset his barons he was forced to sign the Magna Carta limiting what he could do and was even excommunicated from the church.
  • Edward III            1327-1377            power= 9/10
  • I am going to make you guys the best fighting force in Europe!!
  • King Henry III had hardly any power because when he first became king  he was to young to rule the country so his barons ruled for him. Even when he did take control he was overthrown twice.
  • Richard II           1377-1399         power=4/10
  • I want my land back King Richard! But if I can't have that I will just take your throne instead !
  • King Edward II has more power at the beginning of his reign as he marries the King of France's daughter, Isabella, resolving trouble between France and England. He revoked rules imposed on him by his barons but when Isabella deserts Edward for his enemies and invades England to overthrow him, he loses even more power.
  • Richard III               1483-1485     power= 7/10
  • You two will stay here in the Tower of London and I will be King!
  • King Edward III had lot's of power as he turned England into the most powerful fighting force in Europe.  He helped develop laws and government and had the second longest reign of all the Medieval Kings.
  • King Richard II had very little power when he came to the throne as he was only 10 years old and lots of his subjects preferred his uncle, John of Gaunt, who ruled for him.  When John died Richard disinherits his son, Henry Bollingbroke.  Henry overthrows Richard and crowns himself, taking all of Richard's power.
  • What???
  • King Richard III would have had a lot of power as he convinced people to crown him, even though his brother's sons, the rightful heirs, were still alive.  The princes were never seen again but no one stopped Richard from taking power. He only rule for two years before being killed by Henry Tudor.
  • Oh no! You can't do that!
  • I am mean't to be king, not YOU!
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