The ransom of King John II of France was an incident during the Hundred Years War between France and England. Following the English capture of the French king during the Battle of Poitiers in 1356, John was held for ransom by the English crown. The incident had serious consequences for later events in the Hundred Years War.
... In the medieval period, large ransoms or payments could not be raised quickly and arrangements usually had to be made to ensure delivery over time ... hostages as guarantee for the payment of the king's ransom ... was in this group and sailed to England from Calais in October 1360 his father, King John, was then released after four years in captivity ...
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