Battle Royale: French Monarchs

45 - Philip VI

May 17, 2023 Ben Clarke and Eliza Sommers Season 1 Episode 45
Battle Royale: French Monarchs
45 - Philip VI
Show Notes

There's SO MUCH to cover in this episode! We didn't plan for a 2-parter and the recording ended up being very long, so we put a poll across our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and a narrow majority voted for us to release it all at once, so DEAL WITH IT.

You'll hear a snippet of Gustav Holst's "Mars" (performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) at the halfway point when the Hundred Years' War officially starts. If you would prefer to listen to the episode in 2 parts, that's a good point to take a break.

But now to the actual episode description...

Philip VI is between a rock and a hard place at the start of his reign. He has to assert himself as the first king in the new House of Valois, while not pissing off his many vassals and the courtiers who got him where he is. And then there's bloody England...

This episode covers the origins of the House of Valois with Count Charles and Countess Margaret, the leadup to the Hundred Years' War, and the fateful campaigns of Edward III.  Not to mention... TOO MANY JOANS.

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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?
  3. Voulez-Vous: (A.K.A. “Selfless Wins”) How much would we want to live under their regime? How well did they better the world around them through law reforms and cultural projects?
  4. Ouh-Là-Là: How pearl-clutchingly scandalous were the events of their life, both in their time and down through the ages? How mad, bad and dangerous were they to know?
  5. La Vie en Throne: How many years did they reign, and how many of their children survived them?

For more details on the scores, how they are calculated and how our kings are ranking, visit our website.