MAP#41: King Louis VIII ‘The Lion’

Louis VIII The LionFrench King Louis VIII who as a young Prince invaded England with the support of the English barons with the hope of taking the throne from King John. He would rise to King in France and take part in the Albigensian Crusade to gain back his lands in Southern France. In this episode we’ll look at his invasion of England, participation in the crusades, his rise to King of France and his untimely death.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • First Barons’ War
  • Siege of Dover (1216)
  • Albigensian Crusade
  • And more…

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Comments 5

  1. brianpcombs says:

    Great episode, but how can you discuss Louis’ wars with England without even mentioning William Marshal? 😉

  2. Archivist says:

    Yeah It was a tough call. Marshal served England well. He deserves a podcast (or two) of his own!

  3. brianpcombs says:

    Marshall’s is one of those stories that’s difficult to believe is true.

  4. helle says:

    I’ll support podcasts on Marshal and an interview with Elizabeth Chadwick.

  5. Archivist says:

    @helle Thanks! I’ll try to line up an interview. She has a very busy schedule.