Battle Royale: French Monarchs

Regency of Madness 2/5 - Louis of Bourbon VS John of Berry - ft. Passed

September 24, 2023 Ben Clarke and Eliza Sommers Season 2 Episode 2
Battle Royale: French Monarchs
Regency of Madness 2/5 - Louis of Bourbon VS John of Berry - ft. Passed
Show Notes

Veronica from Passed podcast joins us for our second foray into the regents of Charles VI. This time, we're covering his two remaining uncles. Veronica will cover Louis II, Duke of Bourbon (the nice uncle) while Ben covers John, Duke of Berry (the fun uncle). Which of them will Eliza deem to be the superior regent?

While Bourbon looks out for his nephew's best interest and Berry throws another raucous feast, the Orléans-Burgundian rivalry rages on in the leadup to the disastrous Battle of Agincourt.

This episode features a couple snippets of 14th Century composer Guillaume de Machaut's song "Douce Dame Jolie", performed in 2009 by Annwn. Check out the full track on YouTube or Spotify!

Next time, Josh from Grand Dukes of the West will be returning, this time to cover Philip of Burgundy's son John the Fearless. Meanwhile Ben will be covering Count Bernard VII of Armagnac, the infamous leader of the anti-Burgundian army raised in the French civil war.

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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?

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