Historical Overview Section

A list so unfashionable that this page was uncreated for almost a year before anyone noticed, which is a shame as its a funky little interlude in French history. The army of Charles the Bold's father, from 1363-1471. This followed a really messy time in Burgundy, as a few Kings had died off without leaving a proper set of heirs for a tidy succession, and the Navarrese and Medieval French both had fairly reasonable grounds to claim that their families now owned Burgundy.

After a bit of shenanigans, one of the claimants John The Good managed to engineer a legal fix, by getting some of the co-claimants to back him. John was firmly on the side of the Medieval French - largely on account of also being King of France at the time. After receiving the homage of the Burgundian nobility and being declared Duke in 1361 he hoped to merge the Dukedom with the Medieval French Crown. However, the various owners of the Burgundian Estates made pronouncements that the Duchy intended to remain a Duchy and had no intention of becoming a province of the royal domain. This was a legal quagmire, and John was bogged down in it, to such an extent that he gave up and instead appointed his favourite (but not oldest) son Philip as Duke, leaving him to sort it all out when he died soon after in 1363...at which point the older son Charles V became King of France, and Philip was Duke of Burgundy.

Under the Valois Dukes of Burgundy, the Duchy flourished and a marriage between Philip the Bold and Margaret of Dampierre reunited the Duchy with the County of Burgundy once more, as well as with the County of Artois, but also served to bring the wealthy Later Low Countries Counties of Flanders, Nevers and Rethel under the control of the Dukes. By 1405, following the inheritance of the Duchy by the well-marketed John the Fearless, Burgundy stood less as a French fief and more as an independent state which was a major political player in European politics.

Philip the Bold had been, in politics, a cautious man. His son, however, was not, and under John the Fearless, Burgundy and Ordonnance French Orleans clashed as the two sides squabbled for power. The result was an increase of Burgundy’s power; but the Duchy came to be regarded as an enemy of the French crown, and from the death of John the Fearless in 1419, the Dukes were treated with caution or outright hostility by Charles VII and his successor, Louis XI. The last two Dukes to directly rule the Duchy, Philip the Good and Charles the Bold, attempted to secure the independence of their Duchy from the French crown. But that's a story for the Ordonnance Burgundian list

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  • Corps 1 - General ordinary

1 Flemish pikemen - Pikes mediocre (8)
4 Burgundian knights - Knights on foot (48)
1 Musketeers - Light Infantry firearm elite (5)
2 Ribauds - Levy (6)
1 Valets - Medium Cavalry impact (8)
1 Organ gun - Light artillery

  • Corps 2 - General competent

2 Flemish crossbowmen - Crossbowmen mediocre (10)
2 Picard bowmen - Longbowmen (18)
2 Italian knights - Heavy Knights impact (26)
1 Italian mercenaries - Light Horse crossbow (6)
1 Musketeers - Light Infantry firearm elite (5)

  • Corps 3 - General brilliant included

1 Burgundian knights - Heavy Knights impetuous elite (14)
2 French knights - Heavy Knights impetuous elite (28)
1 Italian mercenaries - Light Horse crossbow (6)

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