1214 - King John
King John led an unsuccessful expedition against the French in February. Ten galleys based at Portsmouth. 1st February. The King, Queen, son Richard and niece Eleanor embarked but were delayed a week in the Solent by poor weather. They arrived at La Rochelle on 15th February and the King won back land south of the River Loire and moved northwards to Flanders where he was defeated at the Battle of Bouvines.