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Henry III’s Fine Rolls Blog Sunday 28 January to Saturday 3 February 1257

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Henry III spent all this week at Windsor.  There was some really joyful news. On Sunday 28 January, Henry announced (in a letter to the bishop of Hereford),  the certain intelligence that his brother, Richard, had been elected as king of the Romans.  (The election, following Richard’s acceptance of the offer in December had in fact taken place on 13 January outside Frankfurt.)  Henry ordered a robe to be given to the messenger of the bishop of Cambray who had brought the glad tidings. On the following Tuesday, after dinner at his castle of Wallingford, Richard himself heard details, which made things even better. King Ottakar of Bohemia, hitherto sitting on the fence, had given his assent to the election. Henry now entered wholeheartedly into the spirit of the occasion  and declared his intention of accompanying Richard out to Germany, obviously with the aim of attending  the coronation. This was just the kind of  pageantry Henry loved. But there was more to it than  that. His presence would  help establish Richard in Germany, thus transforming the political shape of Europe and helping forward the Sicilian enterprise; or at least so Henry might hope. In and around this week, the fine rolls show the gold  to finance Henry’s Sicilian campaign was still rolling in. Between 1 February and 7 February there were twelve fines of gold, nine of them from men seeking exemption from knighthood. One of the fines suggests that it was not always easy to acquire the gold required for the Yorkshire lord, Simon of Lowthorpe, actually paid half his fine in silver. This is thirty seven entries down (if I have counted correctly) in the image and no.400 in the Calendar.

Would Henry go to Germany? Would Richard’s  Germany kingship help the Sicilian enterprise. Read future blogs to find out.