January 26. Wow, dull day.
1340, Edward III, King of England, proclaims himself King of France, as the only surviving male grandchild of his maternal grandfather, French King Philip IV. The French reject the claim on the basis of the Salic Law (basically, a law that disinherits women). This sets the stage for the Hundred Years' War.
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