A powerful league unites against Philip II Augustus of France, including King John of England, Emperor Otto IV, and numerous counts of France. But who would come out on top? Historians are pretty unanimous, that this was a decisive battle which helped shape western Europe
In the year 1204, Philip Augustus of France wrested control of the duchy of Normandy from King John of England. The long Capetian-Plantagenet struggle for power, however, was not yet over and would reach another decisive point a decade later at the Battle of Bouvines, 1214. This time the leaders of the other main power of the western Europe, Germany, would be brought into the conflict, and so also have important consequences for central Europe and Italy. And so for this episode I will get us up to date with the political situation in Germany.