Battle Royale: French Monarchs

43 - Philip V

March 06, 2023 Ben Clarke and Eliza Sommers Season 1 Episode 43
Battle Royale: French Monarchs
43 - Philip V
Show Notes

Philip the Tall is not only built like a maypole, but has some fantastic ideas about how to get France out of its crisis period. As the middle son of the great Philip IV, he may have been overlooked in his youth, but now it's time for him to step over the corpse of his infant nephew, shove aside his 4-year-old niece and claim the crown for himself. 

While he definitely gets an A for Effort, Philip is about to find out that doing your best sometimes just isn't good enough, especially when you're dealing with natural disasters, fanatical shepherds and the ever-present Curse of the Templars.

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Ben and Eliza each give a score out of 10 for the first 4 categories. The 5th is determined by maths! The result is a total score out of 100.

  1. Enchanté: The shallow, first-impressions round: How fabulous and iconic an image have they passed down to us?
  2. En Garde: (A.K.A. “Selfish Wins”) How well did they gain and increase their personal power, either through scheming, statesmanship or good old fashion battles?
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  5. La Vie en Throne: How many years did they reign, and how many of their children survived them?

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