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But, but he is!

Reprint of Book of Common Prayer mistakenly makes the King ruler of France

True, the French seem to have temporarily mislaid their loyalty…..

12 thoughts on “But, but he is!”

  1. Steve across the Pond

    That is awesome. They might be worth something in a few hundred years.

    It’s not without precedent. Though the Wicked Bible had a more serious error with “Thou shalt commit adultery.”

  2. Steve across: the Wicked Bible also had “God hath shown us his great asse” (for “greatnesse”) in Deuteronomy. Alas, “asse” did not mean “buttocks” in those days, only “donkey.”

  3. The Meissen Bison

    Glad to see that the Treaty of Troyes is going to be enacted, albeit a bit on the late side.

  4. “asse” did not mean “buttocks” in those days

    Nor does it now on the civilised side of the Atlantic.

  5. The Sheldonian in Oxford bears the inscription:
    Charles II by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland

    I like to point it out to French visitors.

  6. … and remember that the real reason the USA is so concerned about Taiwan is that they want to avoid an uncomforable precedent regarding the re-incorporation of rebel provinces.

  7. Charles by the M3

    For those of you who don’t understand this claim, please read the fictional books written by Michael Jecks and Paul Doherty (both authors base their stories on original documents in various archives).
    In summary:
    1. Philippe le Bel closed down the Templar order and confiscated the order’s wealth. There are two probable reasons for this – he was already bankrupt, and he was faced with paying an immense dowry to Edward 1, King of England and Wales (who was also bankrupt as a result of one of the greatest thefts ever in England), for the marriage of his daughter, Isabella, to the future Edward 2.
    2. Jacques de Molay, the head of the Templar order, cursed Philippe le Bel when he was burned at the stake – his prophecy was surprisingly accurate.
    3. The only acknowledged grandchildren of Philippe le Bel were the children of Edward 2 and Isabella – this is why Edward 3 claimed to be King of France and invaded the country to prove his claims. Against expectations, Edward 3 comprehensively defeated the largest army in Europe. The power and speed of the Welsh-designed longbow was a major factor in this success (I understand that it was possible for a single archer to launch 4 or 5 arrows per minute, and that the arrows could pierce armour).
    4. This is why, if you read old English wills, you see that the monarch is given the title “of France” in addition to the “of England” (Ireland and Scotland may also appear, depending upon the date).

  8. The Meissen Bison

    3. The only acknowledged grandchildren of Philippe le Bel were the children of Edward 2 and Isabella

    No, perhaps you’re forgetting his grandson, subsequently King John I, son of Louis “Le Hutin”? And then, of course there’s Salic Law which effectively ended the Capetian dynasty.

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