Name: John Of Burgundy
Given Name: John
Surname: Of Burgundy
Suffix: The Fearless
Birth: 28 May 1371 in Dijon
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Death: 10 Sep 1419 in Pont-DE-Yonne Bei Montereau
date: [Ref: ES II #27] 1371 [Ref: Thompson CharlesII #446], place: [Ref: ES II #27], parents: [Ref: ES II #27, Paget HRHCharles p196, Thompson CharlesII #446], father: [Ref: Tapsell Dynasties p207], mother: [Ref: Tapsell Dynasties p198]
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date: 28 Mar 1371 [Ref: Paget HRHCharles p196, Paget HRHCharles p197]
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Burial: Dijon Cathedral
date: [Ref: ES II #27, Paget HRHCharles p196] 1419 [Ref: ES I #24, Tapsell Dynasties p207, Thompson CharlesII #446], place: [Ref: ES II #27]
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Ancestral File Number Es:Ii-27, Es:Iii-316
Change Date: 7 Feb 2013 at 10:29
place: [Ref: ES II #27]
John, Duke of Burgundy
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Duke John I, also known as Jean de Valois and Jean de Bourgogne (May 28, 1371 - September 10, 1419), also known as the Fearless (French: sans peur) was Duke of Burgundy from 1404 to 1419.
1.1 Early life
1.2 Conflict against Louis of Orléans
1.3 Conflict with the Dauphin
3 See also
4 External links
Born in Dijon, John was the son of Philip II, the Bold and Margaret III, Countess of Flanders. As heir apparent, he used the title of Count of Nevers from 1384 to 1405, when after his accession he ceded it to his brother Philip.
In 1385, John married Margaret of Bavaria, daughter of Albrecht of Bavaria, Count of Holland and Hainaut, to consolidate his position in the Low Countries, after cancelling his engagement with Catherine of Valois, daughter of king Charles V of France.
Before his accession to the Duchy, John was one of the principal leaders of the French forces sent to aid King Sigismund of Hungary in his war against Sultan Bayezid I. John fought in the battle of Nicopolis (September 25, 1396) with such enthusiasm and bravery that he was given the nickname of Fearless (Sans-Peur). Nevertheless he was taken prisoner and released only in the next year, against an enormous ransom paid by his father.
Conflict against Louis of Orléans
John was invested as duke of Burgundy in 1404 and almost immediately entered into open conflict against Louis of Orléans, younger brother of the increasingly mad Charles VI. Both men attempted to fill the power vacuum left by the demented king.
John played a game of marriages, exchanging his daughter Marguerite for Michelle of Valois, who would marry his heir Philip III. He did not overlook, however, the importance of the middle class of merchants and tradesman or the University of Paris.
Louis tried to gain the favor of Queen Isabella, and may have become her lover. After a game of hide and seek in which his son-in-law, the Dauphin, was successively kidnapped and recovered by both parties, the Duke of Burgundy managed to gain appointment by royal decree - during one of the King's "absent" periods when mental illness manifested itself - as guardian of the Dauphin and the king's children. This did not improve the relations between John and Louis.
Soon the two rivals descended into making open threats. Their uncle, John, Duke of Berry, secured a vow of solemn reconciliation, but three days later, on November 23, 1407 Louis was brutally assassinated in the streets of Paris. He was attacked after mounting his horse by a party of men who literally amputated his arms so that he was defenseless. The order, no one doubted, had come from the Duke of Burgundy, who shortly admitted to the deed and declared it to be a justifiable act of "tyrannicide". After an escape from Paris and a few skirmishes against the Orléans party, John managed to recover the king's favour. In the treaty of Chartres, signed on March 9, 1409, the king absolved the Duke of Burgundy of the crime, and he and Louis's son Charles pledged a reconciliation. A later edict renewed John's guardianship of the Dauphin.
Even with the Orléans dispute resolved to his favour, John would not have an easy life. Charles of Orléans gathered allies, among them Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac, to support his claims for the property that had been confiscated from him. Peace was solemnly sworn in 1410, and John returned to Burgundy, and Bernard remained in Paris and reportedly shared the queen's bed. Armagnac's party was not contented with political power, and, after a series of riots and attacks against the citizens, John was recalled to the capital. However, he was sent back to Burgundy in 1413.
At this time king Henry V of England invaded French territory and threatened to attack Paris. John participated in the peace negotiations, but with dubious intent. Although he talked of helping his sovereign, his troops took no part in the Battle of Agincourt (in 1415), where two of his brothers, Antoine, Duke of Brabant, and Philip II, Count of Nevers, died fighting for France.
Conflict with the Dauphin
Two years later, John's troops set about the task of gaining Paris. On May 30, 1418, he captured the city, but not before the Dauphin, the future Charles VII of France, had escaped. John then installed himself in the city and made himself protector of the King. Although not an open ally of the English, John did nothing to prevent the surrender of Rouen in 1419. With the whole of northern France in English hands and Paris occupied by Burgundy, the Dauphin tried to bring about a reconciliation with John. They met in July and swore peace on the bridge of Pouilly, near Melun. On the grounds that peace was not sufficiently assured by the Pouilly meeting, a fresh interview was proposed by the Dauphin to take place on September 10, 1419 on the bridge at Montereau. John of Burgundy was present with his escort for what he considered a diplomatic meeting. He was, however, assassinated by the Dauphin's companions. He was later buried in Dijon.
John and Margaret of Bavaria had the following children:
Catherine (1391-1414, Ghent)
Marie (1393 - October 30, 1463, Monterberg bei Kalkar). She married Adolph I, Duke of Cleves. They were the great-grandparents of Johann III, Duke of Cleves, father of Anne of Cleves who was fourth Queen consort of Henry VIII of England.
Marguerite, duchess of Guyenne (1394 - February 2, 1441, Paris), married on August 30, 1404 Louis of Valois the Dauphin (heir of king Charles VI of France), then on October 10, 1422 Arthur de Richemont, the future Duke of Brittany
Coat of Arms of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy. Philip III, Duke of Burgundy (1396-1467)
Isabelle (d. September 18, 1412, Rouvre), married at Arras on July 22, 1406 to Olivier de Châtillon-Blois, Count of Penthièvre and Périgord
Jeanne (b. 1399, Bouvres), d. young
Anne of Burgundy (1404 - November 14, 1432, Paris), married John, Duke of Bedford
Agnes of Burgundy (1407 - December 1, 1476, Château de Moulins), married Charles I, Duke of Bourbon
John also had several illegitimate children, including the colourful John of Burgundy, Bishop of Cambrai from 1439 to 1479.
Dukes of Burgundy family tree
Hundred Years' War
Dukes of Burgundy
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Philip I/II Count of Nevers
1384-1405 Succeeded by:
Duke of Burgundy
1404-1419 Succeeded by:
Margaret III Count of Artois, Flanders and Franche-Comte
John the Fearless: The Growth of Burgundian Power - reprint of a classic book by Burgundian historian Richard Vaughan.
John the Fearless (Dijon, Burgundy)
John the Fearless (Encyclopedia.com)
John the Fearless (Columbia Encyclopedia)
Jean sans Peur/John the Fearless
Jean sans Peur
One of Jean-sans-Peur's rings
This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.
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14th Duke of Burgundy [Ref: Tapsell Dynasties p207] Duke of Burgundy [Ref: CP II p72, Thompson CharlesII #446]
Father: Philippe II Capet b: 15 Jan 1342 in Château-Du-Bois-DE-Vincennes, France
Mother: Margaret Heiress Of Flanders b: 13 Apr 1350 in Male B Troyes
Margaret Of Bavaria b: 1363
12 Apr 1385
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date: [Ref: ES I #24, Paget HRHCharles p196] 12.IV, Dispens 3.IV 1385 [Ref: ES II #27 (with corr in III.1)], place: [Ref: ES II #27], names: [Ref: Thompson CharlesII #446], child: [Ref: CMH p1034, CP II p72, ES II #27, Paget HRHCharles p196, Paget HRHCharles p27, Thompson CharlesII #223, Thompson CharlesII #484, Thompson CharlesII #583]
- Change Date:
13 Oct 2012
- Maria Of Burgundy b: Abt 1393
- Philip Of Burgundy b: 30 Jun 1396 in Dijon
- Anne Of Burgundy b: 1404
- Agnes Of Burgundy b: 1407