[MR] Wikipedia: Louis I, Duke of Anjou

Garth Groff via Atlantia atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Sun Jul 23 02:48:48 PDT 2017

Noble Friends,

On this date in 1339 Louis, son of the French King John II (aka "John 
the Good") was born in Vincennes. Louis was John's second son. Later in 
life, Louis had a claim on the throne of Naples through his adopted 
mother Joanna I, and was on his way to take Naples by force from her 
relatives when he died in 1382: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_I,_Duke_of_Anjou . Confused? Hey, 
this is history, the real Game of Thrones!

Louis is particularly interesting for his part in the ransom of King 
John after the latter's capture at the Battle of Poitiers. John was 
taken to England and held in genteel captivity until his 3 million crown 
ransom could be negotiated via the 1360 Treaty of Brétigny. John was 
allowed to return to France to raise the money, and Louis (along with 
some 40 other noble sons) was exchanged for the King. Louis apparently 
didn't like England (maybe it was the food), and after a few months he 
jumped on a boat, thumbed his nose at the English, and fled back to 
France. King John was furious at this dishonor. In late 1363, a very 
sick King John voluntarily returned to England to fulfill his pledge. He 
died there in April 1364, possibly of arsenic poisoning (IMHO, the 
likely culprit was his son-in-law King Charles II of Navarre, aka 
"Charles the Bad", a noted poisoner, but that's another story).

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge

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