The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 06 eBook

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3.  “That though the ‘nobiles’ and franklins shall be bound to do military service at their own expense, it shall not be legal to force them to cross the frontier of their country.  In a foreign war, the king shall be bound to pay the knights and the troops of the counties.

4.  “The king has no right to entail whole counties and the high offices of the kingdom.

5.  “The king is not allowed to farm to Jews and Ishmaelites his domains, the taxes, the coinage, or the salt mines.”

The Golden Bull comprised thirty-one chapters, and seven copies were made and delivered into the keeping of the Knights of St. John, the Knights Templars of Hungary and Slavonia, the King, the Palatine, the archbishops of Gran and Colocza, and the Pope.  The thirty-first clause gave every Hungarian noble a right of veto upon the acts of the king if unconstitutional.  This clause was, however, supposed to give an undue power to the people, and was revoked in 1687.

Those magnates who, by the Golden Bull, were compelled to return the land unjustly alienated by King Andrew, formed a conspiracy to overthrow the monarchy, abolish the constitution, and divide the land among themselves.  The conspiracy was discovered in time to prevent its execution, but Andrew lost courage and did not venture to insist on his refractory nobles fulfilling their part in the conditions of the Great Charter.  He was, however, compelled to ratify it in a diet held in Beregher Forest, in 1231, where the Golden Bull was signed and sealed with all solemnity in the city of Gran.

Andrew married for a third time in his old age, Beatrice, daughter of the Marquis d’Este, and died in 1234.  During his reign the court was first held at a fixed place of residence; it was not only composed of prelates and magnates, but was frequented by learned men, educated at the schools of Paris and Bologna, as well as within the kingdom.  The cities acquired importance about this period, and the condition of the serfs underwent some amelioration.



A.D. 1224-1262


Russia was for centuries the chief power of the Slavic race.  On its plains and amid the neighboring lands they established a civilization and went through a development not unlike those which transformed Western Europe during the Middle Ages.  Slavonia, like Gaul, had received Roman civilization and Christianity from the South.  The Northmen had brought her an organization which recalls that of the Germans; and under Yaroslaff, 1016-1054, like the West under Charlemagne, she had enjoyed a certain semblance of unity, while she was afterward dismembered and divided like France in feudal times.
The Tartars seem to have been a tribe
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