We need to consider why King John faces rebellion? Why don’t you start by exploring the document and reading the transcript...
New Payments: William son of William son of Alan owes 10,000 marks for holding the land which belonged to the aforementioned William, his father, next to the land which the same William gave to his daughter Petronilla.
Here we see an enormous sum being charged to William FitzAlan to take possession of his lands. John’s father Henry II promised to set a reasonable rate and the customary amount for a small or medium sized estate was about £100.
Extract from the Pipe Rolls of King John 1214
E 372/60, rot 1d m1
The National Archives
An arrangement for William FitzAlan to inherit his medium sized barony in 1214
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How many marks does William FitzAlan need to pay to take possession of his lands?
That's the wrong answer I'm afraid...
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Correct! Well done. William had to pay a massive 10,000 marks (that’s around £10 million in today’s money!) to claim his lands.
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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