Study extract 2 from letters and grants of King John 1215
We need to consider why King John faces rebellion? Why don’t you start by exploring the document and reading the transcript...
The King to William of Harcourt. Know that we have restored to our beloved and faithful count of Aumale the right which he has in the manor of Driffield and we receive thereupon his homage. And therefore we order you to cause him to have full possession of that manor without delay with all the things which pertain to it. With me myself as witness at Sandwich, on the 31st day of August.
This action is interesting because the dispute over Driffield goes back around 100 years, showing that many of the issues being fought over were not simply issues which arose in the last few years of John’s reign; they went much deeper.
Extract from letters and grants of King John June 1215
The National Archives
A land grant by John to William of Aumale June 1215.
Test your understanding
Which manor is the focus of the dispute?
That's the wrong answer, I'm afraid...
Why don't you go back to the document and listen to the transcript again?
Brilliant answer! It is Driffield Manor
Why does King John face rebellion?
Is King John responsible for the rebellion?
Are the barons responsible for the rebellion?
It is the view of this chronicle that the great rebellion of 1215 has come about for the following reasons...
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