Interactions and involvement within, the Hundred Years War, social conflicts, and the Catholic Church all shaped the monarchy and the state of England as a whole. With any time period within a monarchy, there will be strong leaders and weak leaders. The Plantagenets are no exception to this. While many of the great Plantagenet leaders strengthened the state of the English monarchy, some weakened it as well. Beginning with Henry II, not only was he the king of England, but also Ireland and France (Dutton, 280).
In addition, he also went on to found two of the world’s most influential kingdoms in history, the Kingdom of France and the Holy Roman Empire (Knowles). Charlemagne the Great, as he was known in his home kingdom of Frankia, ultimately fit the mold and even exceeded the requirements for being a good leader set forth by Sun Tzu in his book: The Art of War. He endured many struggles, suffered demoralizing losses, and experienced the highest of victories throughout his storied reign as King of the Franks, Italy, and as the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, all of which would last for centuries to come. In order to truly analyze and determine whether or not Charlemagne was a good leader as defined by Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, one must first look at Charlemagne’s history and examine the entirety of his life. Charlemagne was born on April 2nd, 747 to Bertrada and Pippin III the Short who was mayor of the palace, which meant that his father officially served the king of Frankia, but in reality held the majority of the power (Sullivan).
Through it, the English gained cultural enrichment but later this also led to hostilities between both monarchies that lasted for centuries. England: The reign of William the Conqueror began after he won the English crown with his victory at Hastings in 1066. He brought a lot of fundamental changes to his new kingdom. He divided the conquered land among the warriors in his army and established a feudal regime more or less on the Norman pattern by transforming most of English states into fiefs. And as a product of feudalism, scores of castles were erected across the land.
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William, after a period of anarchy, became the ruler of Normandy in his father's place at the age of nine. William had a youth of clean life and of much natural piety, while the years of storm and stress through which he passed gave him an endurance of character which lasted to his life's end. During the time of anarchy in Normandy he became a skilled military leader and defeated his enemies, uniting his duchy. Once he began fighting, rumor has it that he never lost a battle. In 1047 a serious rebellion of nobles occurred, and William with the aid of King Henry of France, gained a great victory at Val-ès-Dunes, near Caen.
Napoleon Bonaparte is widely regarded as one of the most significant conquerors, leaders and military tacticians in history. His story is one of perseverance and struggle, both personally and externally. He was the historical emperor of France that conquered most of continental Europe. Napoleon was emperor of France from 1804 to 1814. His ten year reign had many ups and downs, but laid the foundation for his name in the history books.