In 1217, on this day King John's slippery hold on the English throne was further weakened by the catastrophic defeat of the English Navy at the Battle of Sandwich.
Salty SandwichHoping to blind the French mariners, Hubert de Burgh had attacked upwind, ordering his English sailors to throw lime salt into the air. But a sudden change in the direction of the wind had caused the reverse effect, and after boarding and hand-to-hand combat, de Burgh was captured and beheaded.
With the English Channel in French hands, the eighty vessels under the command of Eustace the Monk proceeded to Dover, unloading reinforcements of nine hundred troops and fresh supplies. Prince Louis could proceed apace with his plans for a Second Norman Conquest, soon realising his dream of becoming King Louis I of England.