Episode 14: Monkeying About

Charles VI is approached by a beggar in the woods by Le Mans on his way to confront the Duke of Brittany. The beggar warns the king that he is betrayed, but is shooed away. However, those words settled in the King’s mind, and when he is struck by an episode of madness soon after, ‘You are Betrayed’ seems to be all that he can think about.

In 1388 King Charles VI dismissed his uncles and assumed control of the French Royal Government. The next four years saw Philip the Bold no longer controlling the realm, but rather dealing with issues in his own territories and looking to expand. With the Uncles on the outs a new circle came to dominate the French Crown known as the Marmousets.

Time Period Covered: 1388 – 1392 

Notable People: Philip the Bold, Olivier de Clisson, John of Montfort Duke of Brittany, Louis Duke of Touraine (later Duke of Orleans), Joan Duchess of Brabant, King Charles VI, John Duke of Berry, Bureau de la Riviere, Dino Rapondi, Jean de Chalon Prince of Orange 

Notable Events/Developments: Truce of Leulinghem, Rise of the Marmousets, War of Breton Succession, Burgundian acquisition of Limbourg and Overmaas


The Hundred Years War: Divided Houses by Jonathan Sumption

Philip the Bold by Richard Vaughan

The Promised Lands by Wim Blockmans and Walter Prevenier

Who were the Marmousets? by John Bell Henneman Jr

The Valois: Kings of France 1328-1589 by Robert Knecht

The City, the Duke, and their Banker by Bart Lambert

Chronicles by Jean Froissart

Magnanimous Dukes and Rising States by Robert Stein

The Golden Age of Burgundy by Joseph Calmette

The Burgundians by Bart Van Loo

Medieval Flanders by David Nicholas


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