Battle Royale: French Monarchs

41 - Louis X

February 13, 2023 Ben Clarke and Eliza Sommers Season 1 Episode 41
Battle Royale: French Monarchs
41 - Louis X
Show Notes

Louis "le Hutin" (the Turbulent, Quarrelsome or Stubborn) is yet another Louis with big shoes to fill - both from his formidable father Philip IV and from his zealous namesake Saint Louis IX. But Louis has very little time to deal with famines, curses and civil unrest. He's too busy playing his favourite new sport: tennis!

As if he didn't have enough balls in his court (see what I did there?), Louis's reign begins with a scandal at the very core of the French royal family; the infamous Tour de Nesle Affair. That's right, we're FINALLY talking about it! This scandal will have major rammifications down the line as the Capetian Dynasty struggles for the first time with an uncertain succession. Not that Louis will be around to witness it ...

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