WAR & PEACE: Curious Passage

On Christmas Day in the year 1214, the barons of England armed themselves capapie, and came before their King, the cruel and crafty John, to ask a government of liberty and by law. Twice John "Lackland" denied their plea. The plea became a battle cry, the petitioners an army. London threw open its gates to them, so did Lincoln and Exeter. Wales promised help, and the Scottish nobles spurred south to add the strength of their swords. The country had risen as a man: John found himself with but seven loyal horsemen in...

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