Charles VIII of France: The Foolish King

Charles VIII was born on June 30, 1470, in Amboise, France. The only surviving son of King Louis XI, Charles became his heir at birth. As the prince grew, he experienced bad health and proved to be a poor student. To add to his misfortune, Charles inherited his father’s ugly features. However, unlike Louis, the prince had an approachable personality […]

Jasper Tudor: Henry VI’s Champion Pt. 1

Jasper Tudor was born in November 1431 as the second son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of France. His father, Owen, was a Welshman of modest standing, while his mother, Catherine, was the daughter of King Charles VI of France. Catherine had initially been married to King Henry V of England before his death on August 31, 1422. The dowager […]

Philip V of France: The Capable King

Philip V of France was born in 1293 to King Philip IV and Queen Joan. As the couple’s second son, Prince Philip wasn’t expected to inherit the French throne. Instead, it would go to his elder brother, Louis. Despite his standing, the king gave his son political power as the Count of Poitiers in 1311. Until the age of 21, […]

Louis X of France: The Stubborn King

Louis X was born on October 4, 1289, to King Philip IV and Queen Joan of Navarre. Philip idolized his grandfather, Louis IX, and named his eldest son in his honor. During his reign, the king became known for his iron will. Philip brought about the downfall of the Templar Order, won a power struggle against Pope Boniface VIII, and […]

Edmund Tudor: Ancestor of the Monarchy

Edmund Tudor was born on June 11, 1430, to Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois. Catherine had formerly been King Henry V‘s wife before his death on August 31, 1422, during the Hundred Years’ War. However, the king left behind an infant son, Henry VI, to continue the English Lancastrian dynasty. Although the former queen initially looked after her son, […]