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The story of Valois Burgundy is one of the most exciting of the Late Middle Ages. The four Valois Dukes of Burgundy used political intrigue, calculated splendor, economic power, and good old-fashioned violence to forge a state out of the many Duchies and Counties between France and the Holy Roman Empire. During Burgundy’s height its Dukes were seen by many as the equals of Kings and Emperors and their court was at the center of Western Europe’s cultural and political development. And then it all fell apart. Please join me as I explore the history and legacy of this forgotten kingdom.
Last episode we saw Olivier de Clisson and John of Montfort at each other’s throats. In this Supplemental Episode we’ll explore the conflict that drove the two Breton Nobles apart. What could have been a minor conflict got tangled up with the Hundred Years War and the War of Breton Succession, also known as the War of the Two Jeannes, saw the Duchy of Brittany wracked with violence and chaos for decades.
Time Period Covered: 1341 – 1388
Notable People: John of Montfort, Jeanne of Penthievre, Jeanne of Flanders, Charles of Blois, Jeanne de Clisson, Olivier de Clisson, Philip VI of France
Notable Events/Developments: The War of Breton Succession, Outbreak of the Hundred Years War, English Control of Brest
The Hundred Years War: Trial By Battle by Jonathan Sumption
The Hundred Years War: Trial by Fire by Jonathan Sumption
The Hundred Years War: Divided Houses by Jonathan Sumption
The Creation of Brittany by Michael Jones
Princely Power in Late Medieval France: Jeanne de Penthièvre and the War for Brittany By Erika Graham-Goering
The War of the Two Jeannes: Rulership in the Fourteenth Century by Katrin E. Sjursen
The Valois: Kings of France 1328-1589 by Robert Knecht
The Hundred Years War by Robin Neillands