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The definition of the Golden Rule is that those with the gold make therules In other words those with the gold have the power as well as thosewith the power have the gold History books will discuss the general reasonsfor war such as freedom from adversity or freedom from religion But thereal issue for any war is the thirst for power and control and the means tofinance them are the economic issues Nations will endure years of fighting for power and control Franceand England fought each other for more than a hundred years to have controlof the Channel trade routes 1 This century of warring was known as TheHundred Years War and is the longest war in record history It began in1337 when King Edward III invaded Normandy and ended in 1453 whenFrance won the Battle of Bordeaux However it was not a hundred years ofconstant battle there were periods of truces in between 2One cause for the Hundred Years War was the claim to the Frenchthrone The conflict began when the direct line of succession died without amale heir and the nobles decided to pass the crown to a cousin Philip ofValois But this left two other male cousins equally deserving of the crownCharles King of Navarre and Edward III King of England 3 Edward IIIclaimed that he himself was deserving of the throne because his mother wasthe sister of the late French king while Philip VI was only a cousin Butaccording to French law no women could inherit the throne nor could thecrown be inherited through a woman 4Philip of Valois chances of becoming King of France had been remoteand he had not been brought up as the future lieutenant of God on EarthPhilip VI spent much of his resources on entertainment and finery with gayabandon 5 This caused conflict with the kings subjects Since the king wasconsidered to be sacred and inviolable neither cousin would challenge PhilipVI However they would exploit the
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