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>Robert FitzWalter Neither Bowed Or Knelt at Runnymede

>Runnymede is a protected piece of land 20 miles west of downtown London.

Can Barak Obama Abolish Runnymede?

By Don White

It was the fifteenth of June,1215 when men rode over the long sweep of the Meadow of Runnymede beside the placid river where mail rang, swords, lances, shields and spears flickered and flashed in the glancing morning sunlight.

There were more than forty noblemen that formed an advancing front stretched across the width of the meadow. There in the center was Robert FitzWalter and beside him rode Eustace de Vesci. Both had been exiled but had returned to England to fight for freedom.

All forty were rebels who had drawn up the Articles Of The Barons – the great earls of Norfolk, Hertford, Essex, Oxford, Hereford and Winchester. The group included the Barons de Lacy, de Bruce, de Percy, de Stutville, and the scowling and once-outlawed FitzWarrin.

All kept their eyes fixed straight upon the objective at the opposite end of the field, a short, broad-shouldered man standing slightly ahead of the party.

As they approached FitzWalter raised his arm and the company came to a stop and dismounted, continuing toward their objective on foot. When Baron FitzWalter was standing directly in front of King John all eyes were on him. If some of the barons

thought he would kneel, he did not.

As Clifford Lindsey Alderman tells of this epic meeting in his book That Men Might Be Free, FitzWalter “proffered the roll of parchment to the king. “Here, Sire, are the demands which you have signified you are willing to grant us.”

Behind the Barons, at the upper end of the meadow, the rebel army of knights, foot soldiers and crossbowmen were massed.

“All stood motionless,” said Alderman, “but their every immobility spelled readiness. And this was heightened when here and there a knight’s charger pawed the turf impatiently. The king knew that FitzWalter had only to turn and raise his arm to bring down the might of that phalanx upon him and his party.”

King John had suffered a series of defeats at the hands of the rebels so that this final act of granting to the rebels the freedoms written on the parchment was John’s way of preserving his weakened kingdom.

“It is true,” he said, “for the sake of peace and the good of our kingdom we are willing to grant certain laws and liberties.” Behind him stood by his faltering kingdom: William Marshall, the Earl of Pembroke, finally forgiven by the king; the Earls of Surrey, Arundele and Salisbury and lesser nobles such as Warin FitzGerald, Peter FitzHerbert, Hubert de Burgh, Hugh de Neville, and William Marshall’s nephew John.

King John’s entourage, for his own protection, included the Arch Bishop of Dublin and Bishops of London, Winchester, Bath, Lincoln, Worcester, Coventry and Rochester. To protect the interests of Rome was Cardinal Pandulf, while the influential Order of the Knights Templar was represented by its master in England, Brother Aymeric.

For the reading and negotiation of the agreement, tables had been set up in tents and though the king “raised a storm of objections to almost every point of the Magna Carta, by the time long shadows had begun to steal over the meadow of Runnymede in late afternoon, the King had agreed in principle to the baron’s demands.

In fact, his majesty granted all the demands. But in order to retain the kingdom in England, the barons had to agree that if they had to make war to enforce the Magna Carta it would not be upon the king or his family. And this is the weak, symbolic kingdom John preserved that Great Britain has today. Subsequent tyrant kings such as Edward I, it is true, acted as if there was no Magna Carta, especially toward the Scots, and this became the reason for the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 and the overthrow of England in Scotland by Robert de Bruce resulting in his being crowned king of Scotland.

While we see the Barack Obama administration chipping away at the freedoms we enjoy by excessive taxation and spending, America is reminded that its cherished privileges that came to us via the Bill of Rights are fragile at best.

These principles were first conceived in a remarkable document called the Magna Carta more than five centuries before the American Revolution.

Just as today with ‘King Obama’ in power trying to make America egalitarian at least and communist at most, King John and his predecessors “by continual extortion of money and violations of federal customs aroused the wrath of the barons who, though they lived in relative luxury, objected to being subject to the king’s whims.

“When John openly opposed the Church, the noblemen revolted. At the center of this conflict stood one of the unsung heroes of history, Stephen Langton, Arch Bishop of Cantebury. He helped the noblemen draft the Magna Carta which granted men rights that were later considered inalienable. How these rights were threatened and how men have battled and died for them throughout history is part of the story that has never been asked.”

Free men believe government is the servant of the people and that freedom to think, act, worship God, and carry on free enterprise was given to man by God. In a limited way, men assigned some of these rights, but not absolute power, only partial and temporary power to pass laws to govern the country, laws that never can wipe out our rights to be master, not servant, of elected officers and governments.

When government raises taxes as Obama is doing, the power of people erodes. At one point – probably fifty percent – when aggregate local, state, and federal taxes approach or exceed fifty percent, men revolt at the ballot box and in the streets and the reigns of government are pulled, reversing its tyrannical actions. But meanwhile the damage is done and it is difficult to reverse.

Large government is the antithesis of freedom. Obama’s plan to seize companies, even financially sound firms and those that government has not bailed out, is a power grab and must be stopped.

For example, if a prominent Republican owned a thriving private company that the Democrats were envious of because it produced war material for the Pentagon, for example, under the pretext of a trumped-up emergency Obama could seize this company without excuse, believing he wouldn’t have to answer to anyone. This is abuse of power at its worst, but with the passive acceptance of a sycophant Democratic Congress, this kind of nonsense could become the order of things for the next four years.

Some who have fallen asleep call it a “soft” challenge to our Constitution, but I know it is a well orchestrated “hard” challenge designed to systematically dismantle our Constitutional rights. It’s Obama making a “run at Runnymede” and Constitution Hall.

His penchant for high taxes must stop!

His discriminatory super high taxing of the rich must stop!

There is only one nation on earth with higher corporate taxes than America and that nation is not thriving, and Obama wants the U.S. to be number one on this ignominious list. He’s not stupid. He knows that raising taxes is a disgraceful thing to do, especially during a recession. Washington is incapable of creating real and lasting employment. Jobs are created by business profits and wealth management, not by bureaucratic bungling.. But President Obama doesn’t care about how despicable his policies are. Here is a man who time after time has placed personal politics before the welfare of the country.

This is not a socialist or communist state. Government should not exist to force one strata of hardworking Americans to subsidize another. If we have learned anything during the current housing meltdown it is that when men are given something they did not earn it is short-lived and unsustainable over a long time period. Helping the poor is the work of individuals, churches and other philanthropic groups. By definition, charity cannot come from government. It derives from the free will of individuals living in a free society, donating resources to those churches and other charitable institutions who, in turn, become the mechanism of giving.

Free men, of course, can and do give millions of dollars each year in aid to the less fortunate. But that isn’t good enough for the liberal far right – they want to coerce and compel an otherwise righteous endeavor. But it becomes self-defeating on its face if it is done by Satan-inspired compulsion that from the foundations of this earth has been condemned by our maker because it eliminates man’s agency.

True charity is often encouraged but cannot be forced. It must come from the heart or it ceases to be charity. Therefore, it is impossible for government to be charitable. It is with evil intent that government taxes church donations hoping to assume the Church’s role of giving to the poor. Only an atheistic society wishes to replace church with state.

An important lesson Obama and his kind seem incapable of learning is that you can’t permanently lift up the poor with money or with the proverbial fish – unless the poor wants to “learn to fish.”

President Obama can never abolish those God-given rights agreed to at Runnymede and known as the Magna Carta. They are inalienable. Neither can he reject or, with impunity, abolish – even “softly” – the Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution. Only the electorate can do that, and are doing that every day by indifference and inaction each time we allow people like Obama and Putin to lull us asleep while quietly expropriating means of production and taxing us to death – and in Putin’s evil revanchist way, seizing neighboring territories.

Obama can try, but as long as free men everywhere speak up and fight against such tyranny he will fail.

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>Remember His Name: Robert FitzWalter — Is This Brave Man In Your Family History?

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Lord Of Little Dunmow Robert De Turnbridge DE CLARE
(Abt 1070-1134)
Maud De Senlis De ST. LIZ
(Abt 1096-Abt 1160)
Richard DE LUCY
(Abt 1098-1179)
Rohese DE CLARE
(Abt 1075-After 1129)
Lord Baynard Walter Fitzrobert DE CLARE
(Abt 1130-1198)
Lady Of Diss Maud Margaret DE LUCY
(Abt 1125-)
Lord Baynard Robert Fitzwalter DE CLARE
(1154-1235)

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Spouses/Children:
Gunnora DE VALOINES

Lord Baynard Robert Fitzwalter DE CLARE

  • Born: 1154
  • Marriage: Gunnora DE VALOINES
  • Died: 9 Dec 1235 at age 81

picture bullet  General Notes:

Robert FitzWalter, Surety, 3rd Lord of Dunmow Castle, upon the scutage assessment of Scotland, in the 13th of King John, 1212, had the king’s special writ of acquittal for 63 1/2 knights fees, which were of his own proper inheritance, and a 3rd part which he had acquired by marriage. But the next year, on account of conspiracies with the barons against King John to keep his promises in the matter of proposed statutes, he was forced to flee with his family into France in order to avoid being arrested upon the first disposition of the barons to revolt.

He was charged soon with treason and rebellion and his house in London, called Baynards Castle, was demolished by order of King John. “The primary occasion for these discontents,’ says Dugdale (Sir Win. Dugdale, 1605-1686, noted English antiquary, who published History of Warwickshire and History of English Peerage, and was Norrey King-at-arms), “is by some thus reported, viz., that this Robert FitzWalter, having a very beautiful daughter, called Maud, residing at Dunmow Castle, and King John frequently solicited her chastity, but never provailing, grew so enraged that he caused her to be privately poisoned. She was buried at the south side of the quire at Dunmow between two pillars there.”

Tradition has thus assigned this disgraceful act on the part of King John as the principal cause of his enmity for Robert FitzWalter, which was no less than an attempt to obtain Maud for one of his concubines. But whether this is the truth or not, FitzWalters opposition seemed to be dominated by the desire for the Magna Charta, and his feelings and conduct were engulfed in the agitated sea of history which opened at this period.

To endeavor to win him over to his side King John pretended to admire FitzWalters skill, prowess and valour at a tournament, which took place in Normandy, in France, and making this an excuse, restored to him the whole of his forfeited estates and permitted him to repair his Castle of Baynard in London and other fortresses and constituted him Governor of Hertford Castle in 1214-15. But FitzWalter’s heart was still in the cause of the barons and he was soon in open opposition to the king, while his high rank, tried courage and acknowledged abilities soon gave him a lead amongst his compeers.

We find him, therefore, among the first commissioners nominated to treat with the king when it was agreed that the City of London should be delivered up to the barons and twenty-five of those powerful chiefs should be chosen to govern the realm. The insurrectionary lords subsequently assembled at St. Edmondsbury, and there pledged themselves by solemn oath at the high altar that if the king refused to confirm the laws and liberties granted by Edward the Confessor they would withdraw their allegiance from him and seize upon his fortresses. After which, forming themselves into a regular army, they appointed FitzWalter leader of the barons and General of their army, under the title of “Marshal of the Army of God and the Holy Church,” and, under his command, they eventually extorted the “Great Charters of Freedom” from King John on the plains of Runnemede, when Fitz Walter was elected one of the celebrated twenty-five appointed to see to the faithful observance of those laws.

After the granting of the Magna Charta, when King John endeavored to elude his promises, FitzWalter was one of the committee of the baronial party, which went to France to invite the Dauphin to accept the throne of England, and on this Prince’s coming he, with William de Mandeville and William de Huntingfield, both Sureties, reduced the Counties of Essex and Suffolk to the authority of the Dauphin. Upon the accession of Henry Ill, after the Battle of Lincoln, and the Royal Army was victorious, FitzWalter was made a prisoner with the majority of the barons. And then finding the Dauphin, whom they had attempted to put on the throne, a useless political factor, they dropped him and returned to their allegiance and engaged a ship and took the Dauphin back to France.

In 1218 FitzWalter was allowed to assume the cross and join a crusade. When he took part in the siege of Damietta he returned and died a peaceful death in 1234 and was buried before the high altar of Dunmow Priory. Notwithstanding his enmity to Kings John and Henry III, and the frequent confiscations of his property, FitzWalter died possessed of an extensive estate. He married 1st Gunora, daughter and heiress of Robert, 2nd Lord of Valoines, by his wife Roesia, daughter of William, 5th feudal Baron of Blount, 2nd Rose or Roese.

By 1st wife he had Walter, his successor, Maud, or Matilda, and Christian. Maud, who was poisoned by King John, through her persecution and romantic death, has been the subject of many plays, poems and popular tales, her name appearing under that of”Matilda, the Fair, “Malkin or Maid Marion,” “the Queen of the Mays,” “Sherwood Forest, Mistress of Robin Hood,” or “Robert, Earl of Huntingdon.” (Cokayne’s Complete Peerage, Vol 6, p. 650, says that Robin Hood, otherwise Robin Fitzoath, the famous forest outlaw, popularly ennobled in legend as Earl of Huntingdon, never possessed that Earldom, or any other title of dignity.)

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Robert FitzWalter, Surety, 3rd Lord of Dunmow Castle, upon the scutage assessment of Scotland, in the 13th of King John, 1212, had the king’s special writ of acquittal for 63 1/2 knights fees, which were of his own proper inheritance, and a 3rd part which he had acquired by marriage. But the next year, on account of conspiracies with the barons against King John to keep his promises in the matter of proposed statutes, he was forced to flee with his family into France in order to avoid being arrested upon the first disposition of the barons to revolt.

He was charged soon with treason and rebellion and his house in London, called Baynards Castle, was demolished by order of King John. “The primary occasion for these discontents,’ says Dugdale (Sir Win. Dugdale, 1605-1686, noted English antiquary, who published History of Warwickshire and History of English Peerage, and was Norrey King-at-arms), “is by some thus reported, viz., that this Robert FitzWalter, having a very beautiful daughter, called Maud, residing at Dunmow Castle, and King John frequently solicited her chastity, but never provailing, grew so enraged that he caused her to be privately poisoned. She was buried at the south side of the quire at Dunmow between two pillars there.”

Tradition has thus assigned this disgraceful act on the part of King John as the principal cause of his enmity for Robert FitzWalter, which was no less than an attempt to obtain Maud for one of his concubines. But whether this is the truth or not, FitzWalters opposition seemed to be dominated by the desire for the Magna Charta, and his feelings and conduct were engulfed in the agitated sea of history which opened at this period.

To endeavor to win him over to his side King John pretended to admire FitzWalters skill, prowess and valour at a tournament, which took place in Normandy, in France, and making this an excuse, restored to him the whole of his forfeited estates and permitted him to repair his Castle of Baynard in London and other fortresses and constituted him Governor of Hertford Castle in 1214-15. But FitzWalter’s heart was still in the cause of the barons and he was soon in open opposition to the king, while his high rank, tried courage and acknowledged abilities soon gave him a lead amongst his compeers.

We find him, therefore, among the first commissioners nominated to treat with the king when it was agreed that the City of London should be delivered up to the barons and twenty-five of those powerful chiefs should be chosen to govern the realm. The insurrectionary lords subsequently assembled at St. Edmondsbury, and there pledged themselves by solemn oath at the high altar that if the king refused to confirm the laws and liberties granted by Edward the Confessor they would withdraw their allegiance from him and seize upon his fortresses. After which, forming themselves into a regular army, they appointed FitzWalter leader of the barons and General of their army, under the title of “Marshal of the Army of God and the Holy Church,” and, under his command, they eventually extorted the “Great Charters of Freedom” from King John on the plains of Runnemede, when Fitz Walter was elected one of the celebrated twenty-five appointed to see to the faithful observance of those laws.

After the granting of the Magna Charta, when King John endeavored to elude his promises, FitzWalter was one of the committee of the baronial party, which went to France to invite the Dauphin to accept the throne of England, and on this Prince’s coming he, with William de Mandeville and William de Huntingfield, both Sureties, reduced the Counties of Essex and Suffolk to the authority of the Dauphin. Upon the accession of Henry Ill, after the Battle of Lincoln, and the Royal Army was victorious, FitzWalter was made a prisoner with the majority of the barons. And then finding the Dauphin, whom they had attempted to put on the throne, a useless political factor, they dropped him and returned to their allegiance and engaged a ship and took the Dauphin back to France.

In 1218 FitzWalter was allowed to assume the cross and join a crusade. When he took part in the siege of Damietta he returned and died a peaceful death in 1234 and was buried before the high altar of Dunmow Priory. Notwithstanding his enmity to Kings John and Henry III, and the frequent confiscations of his property, FitzWalter died possessed of an extensive estate. He married 1st Gunora, daughter and heiress of Robert, 2nd Lord of Valoines, by his wife Roesia, daughter of William, 5th feudal Baron of Blount, 2nd Rose or Roese.

By 1st wife he had Walter, his successor, Maud, or Matilda, and Christian. Maud, who was poisoned by King John, through her persecution and romantic death, has been the subject of many plays, poems and popular tales, her name appearing under that of”Matilda, the Fair, “Malkin or Maid Marion,” “the Queen of the Mays,” “Sherwood Forest, Mistress of Robin Hood,” or “Robert, Earl of Huntingdon.” (Cokayne’s Complete Peerage, Vol 6, p. 650, says that Robin Hood, otherwise Robin Fitzoath, the famous forest outlaw, popularly ennobled in legend as Earl of Huntingdon, never possessed that Earldom, or any other title of dignity.)

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Robert married Gunnora DE VALOINES. (Gunnora DE VALOINES was born about 1160.)

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