By Charles Beem
This learn covers the historical past of the underage male kings of britain, studying their historic dating to each other and assessing their collective effect at the political and constitutional improvement of britain.
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The second issue involves the idea of the protection of the king’s inheritance that was so boldly set forth in the first letters issued under Henry’s new seal. This principle deserves some analysis, as it presented the regent and his administration with a practical problem. Under both English custom and Roman law, the inheritance of the king was being treated in the same way as the inheritance of any other minor heir—that is, it was being protected just as any of the king’s subjects would expect their own property to be protected in similar circumstances.
Moreover, the chronicler Coggeshall observed that the loyalists’ concessions were quickly regained. 92 A thorough redistribution of properties followed into the winter of 1224, all to the advantage of the loyalists. These sweeping changes provoked a major reaction within months, one that threatened a renewal of civil war and proved immensely costly to Henry III in the long run. 93 Essentially this was the same reasoning that had prevailed through the earlier minority; since Henry III could not make permanent alienations, those made under King John must still be valid on behalf of his minor heir, even though this entrenched the magnates and fragmented the power of the government.
The fact that Henry III was a vassal of the pope placed additional emphasis on this point. 33 As noted in detail below, Henry III was not the only royal minor of his generation in which the Papacy took an interest; in the early thirteenth century, the Holy See was playing a similar role in several other kingdoms as guarantor of the rights of royal minors, notably in Aragon, Sicily, the Holy Roman Empire, and, less successfully, Hungary. Safeguarding the king’s inheritance to the point demanded by the restrictions on the Great Seal, however, also meant denying the claims of some of Henry III’s supporters to rewards they thought they deserved.