The King's Ransom

Adam J. Kosto

in Hostages in the Middle Ages

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651702
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741999 | DOI:
The King's Ransom

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This chapter builds on the superb documentation for some of the most well-known cases of hostageship in the Middle Ages, namely hostages granted for the ransom and release of captive kings: Baldwin II of Jerusalem and Richard I of England in the twelfth century, Louis IX of France and Charles II of Naples in the thirteenth, David II of Scotland in the fourteenth, and James I of Scotland in the fifteenth. These case studies offer a density of detail that is often missing in other contexts. Draft treaties, lists of hostages, and safe conducts allow for a careful reconstruction of the social, political, and financial networks that underlay royal authority, and on which opponents knew how to draw in shaping guarantees.

Keywords: ransom; captivity; Richard Lionheart; Saint Louis; James I of Scotland; David II of Scotland; Charles of Salerno; Treaty of Brétigny; Treaty of Canfranc; Crusades

Chapter.  20263 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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