Regency of Madness 1/5

Battle Royale: French Monarchs

Josh Zucker from the Grand Dukes of the West podcast joins us for the first episode in our 5-part miniseries on the regents of King Charles VI of France. This episode, we’re pitting Josh’s candidate Philip of Burgundy against Ben’s candidate Louis of Orléans, and seeing which of them Eliza deems to be the supreme regent.

In this episode, we’ll see the kickoff of the infamous rivalry between the Orléanist and Burgundian branches of the House of Valois. And if you think this episode is chaotic, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Throughout this episode you’ll hear a rendition of “Reveillez-Vous, Picards”, a folk song sung by Burgundian soldiers in the 15th Century. If you enjoyed it, the full track is available on YouTube, however we were unable to find the original artist. If you know who we should credit with this absolute banger, please let us know!

Join us again next week when we’ll have on Veronica Fortune of the Passed podcast to compare the “nice uncles” John of Berry and Louis of Bourbon, though there’s plenty more scandal to be had between these two.

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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? Read how these points are awarded.

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