[MR] Wikipedia: Philip of Burgundy
Roy Albin via Atlantia
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Mon Jul 31 06:32:52 PDT 2017
You sir are doubtless a good and Noble man but whosoever told you those
things about my worthy former patron Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy were
doubtless in the employee of that knave the Duke of Orleans. Let me assure
you that their time in purgatory will be long and hard no matter how many
indulgences they have bought.
As the author of the series the Valois Dukes of Burgundy relates for 30
years no one invaded Phillip the Goods lands, burned his villages or burned
or looted his churches.
Surely someone is blessed who has that amount of Good Fortune would you not
If your father was hacked to death by foul and cowardly knaves during a
peace parley you too would be justified in opposing those that did that
act. And you too would be justified in conditioning that you never had to
bow to one of those agents even after reconciliation had been achieved.
Still I am grateful that you chose to remember and write of such a good and
worthy Duke and I am grateful to have the opportunity to tell of his good
Boniface Knight and count of the kingdom of Acre and proud & loyal
Burgundian from the time of Duke Phillips reign.
On Jul 31, 2017 5:48 AM, "Garth Groff via Atlantia" <
atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org> wrote:
> Noble Friends,
> On this date in 1396, Philip III Duke of Burgundy was born in Dijon.
> Philip, known by the by-title of "The Good", was the son of John the
> Fearless (1371-1419), and was member of the House of Valois, thus being
> some degree of cousin to various kings of France. During his reign as Duke,
> the already huge holdings of Burgundy were expanded and consolidated,
> particularly in Flanders and the other Low Countries. This territory was
> outside of France, giving the Philip tremendous independent power, and
> making him a major player in European politics. By the end of his life,
> Burgundy's empire included most of the Low Countries, Luxembourg (purchased
> for cash!), and a somewhat ominous ring of territory across the northern
> and eastern borders of France. Philip dreamed of making Burgundy and its
> other territories a kingdom independent of France, though this wasn't to be.
> Philip was one of the richest men in Europe, as Burgundy controlled (and
> taxed!) the Flemish wool trade. With all that wool money washing around,
> Philip had to spend it on something, and (besides mistresses) that was art
> and other luxury goods. He encouraged and sponsored artists, illuminators,
> tapestry weavers, goldsmiths, architects and other craftsman of all sorts.
> These luxury goods were all on display at the Burgundian court, and agents
> were always available to take orders from visiting nobles wanting up their
> style. The Burgundian court was the Home Shopping Network of its day, and
> was the place were all the European elite went to see and be seen.
> Why Philip was called "The Good" is puzzling, though most of the top
> nobles in the House Valois, both French and Burgundian, loved grandiose
> by-names. He actually wasn't very good at all. He sided with the English in
> the Hundred Years War against France after his father was assassinated by
> members of the Armagnac party (with the collusion of the Dauphin Charles,
> later Charles VII, King of France), with whom Burgundy had for years been
> fighting a low-level civil war. His suppression of rebellions in the Low
> Countries (usually stirred up by the French crown), was extremely brutal.
> Philip's personal morals were practically non-existent, and he is known to
> have fathered at least 26 illegitimate children, and that was just with his
> many noble mistresses. His money, power and style apparently made him very
> attractive to women, though the several surviving portraits show he had
> virtually no chin.
> Like him or not, Philip The Good was one of the most important and
> interesting figures in 15th century Europe. You can read more about him at
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_the_Good .
> Yours Aye,
> Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge
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