France, Spain and the Empire were competing with each other in power to the detriment of smaller states.
For the theoretical side he read all the text-books which he could find, somewhat to the detriment of his ordinary school studies.
Conferred the crown of Sicily on Charles of Anjou to the detriment of Manfred, from whom the French won the kingdom at the battle of Benevento.
The Hyksos, in whom Josephus recognized the children of Israel, worshipped their own Syrian deity, identifying him with the Egyptian god Seth, and endeavoured to establish his cult throughout Egypt to the detriment of the native gods.
Found that the Schleswig-Holstein question might be reopened to the detriment of his Hanoverian possessions.