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KNIGHTY-NIGHT TO THE ART-RISTOCRATS

The latter years of the fourteenth-century and the early years of the fifteenth were the grimmest period in French history. Between the Black Death, the everlasting war with England, plundering raids, taxies and levies; circumstances conspired to ┬áreduce the voice … Continue reading

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GOING OUT IN STYLE & FOOLING THE ALMIGHTY

The first duty of a prince is magnificence. A royal prerogative to go forth and accumulate; especially on the backs of the disenfranchised poor, of which there seemed an unlimited supply. The four sons of King John took up their … Continue reading

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walk on gilted splinters

Philip the Bold, youngest of King John II’s four brothers and his father’s favorite, was robust, but dark complexioned and certanly not handsome. He had marked features and a jutting chin, which persisted among his distant descendants as the Hapsburg … Continue reading

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