Battle Royale: French Monarchs

47 - Charles V (Part 1)

June 16, 2023 Ben Clarke and Eliza Sommers Season 1 Episode 47
Battle Royale: French Monarchs
47 - Charles V (Part 1)
Show Notes

The Hundred Years' War rages on, and the young Dauphin Charles upon becoming king is one of the most scrawny, disease-addled kings we've ever had. But with some strategic alliances, some tax reforms, and a bit of help from a random knight emerging from the woods, he just might be able to turn this ship around.

Listen to the end for "Pope Slap 2: Revenge of the Pope" (AKA the Western Schism).

And stay tuned for Part 2 of Charles V, in which we'll be giving Charles his score and going into more detail about his rule, with a special appearance from the great writer Christine de Pizan!

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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.