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The Relationship Between The King And The Magnates

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The king?s virtually permanent presence among his retainers meant that disagreement took on the character of a tug-of-war rather than an open confrontation, and unpredictability played a minor part in the king?s exercise of power. Things are different when we come to the king?s relationship to the magnates who did not reside at his court. This chapter describes the magnates as a group and the character of their confrontations with the king and analyses these confrontations with their preludes and sequels. It discusses the statistical aspect of loyalty by putting the individual conflict situations into a broader time span, where the question is how typical or atypical the demands in the confrontations were. The chapter also assesses the confrontations in relation to what the actors did after the situation, investigating to what extent the king?s demand for loyalty was heeded or enforced.

Keywords: king?s relationship; loyalty; magnates; preludes; sequels; unpredictability



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