Welcome to Grand Dukes of the West
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.
Episode 22: A Cousins’ Quarrel
After Philip the Bold’s death, Louis of Orleans took no time establishing his dominance in Paris. But Philip’s son John wasn’t willing to cede the Burgundian position. Shortly after coming into his inheritance he headed to Paris in order to claw back a share of power.
Time Period Covered: 1404 – 1406
Notable People: John the Fearless, Louis Duke of Orleans, John Duke of Berry, Queen Isabeau, Dauphin Louis of Guyenne, Anthony of Burgundy Duke of Brabant
Notable Events/Developments: The Kidnapping of the Dauphin, Orleanist Dominance in Paris, Alliance between the Queen and Duke of Orleans
John the Fearless by Richard Vaughan
The Hundred Years War: Cursed Kings by Jonathan Sumption
Royal Intrigue Crisis at the Court of Charles VI 1392-1420 by R.C. Famiglietti
The Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet
The Life and Afterlife of Isabeau of Bavaria by Tracy Adams
The Promised Lands by Wim Blockmans and Walter Prevenier
Medieval Flanders by David Nicholas
Magnanimous Dukes and Rising States by Robert Stein
The Golden Age of Burgundy by Joseph Calmette