Episode 7: The Burgundian Bachelor

Here are two illuminations from chronicles detailing the marriage of Philip the Bold and Margaret of Male. The wedding between Philip and Margaret can be seen as the birth of Valois Burgundy. Margaret was the heiress to the Counties of Flanders, Artois, Palatinate Burgundy, Nevers and Rethel. The combination of Margaret’s lands with Philip’s Duchy of Burgundy and status as a French Prince allowed the couple to build a base of power unmatched in French history.

Philip the Bold has finally been installed as Duke of Burgundy, but what’s next? This episode we’re going to catch up with Flanders and see how Philip spent the first few years of his reign. The 1360s saw Philip active both in the French Royal Court and in Burgundy. The past decade had been rough for Philip’s new Duchy and when he came to power, it was facing many issues that required his attention. But that’s not all, Philip will also have to learn how to deal with the rich and easily perturbed citizens of the towns of Flanders.

Time Period Covered: 1340s-1369

Notable People: Philip the Bold, Charles V, Jacob Van Artevelde, Louis of Male, Margaret of Male, Margaret of Artois

Notable Events/Developments: Fall of Jacob Van Artevelde, Marriage of Philip the Bold and Margaret of Male, The Free Companies, History of the County of Burgundy


The Hundred Years War: Trial by Battle by Jonathan Sumption

The Hundred Years War: Trial by Fire by Jonathan Sumption

The Hundred Years War by Robert Neillands

Philip the Bold by Richard Vaughan

The Golden Age of Burgundy by Joseph Calmette

Chronicles by Jean Froissart

The Burgundians by Bart Van Loo

Medieval Flanders by David Nicholas

A History of the Low Countries by Paul Arblaster

The Promised Lands by Wim Blockmans and Walter Prevenier


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