Charles VI of France: The Mad King


Entrance Of Queen Isabeau of Bavaria, wife of Charles VI, into Paris, June 20, 1389. From Les Artes Au Moyen Age, circa 1873.  Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images
Entrance Of Queen Isabeau of Bavaria, wife of Charles VI, into Paris, June 20, 1389. From Les Artes Au Moyen Age, circa 1873. Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

France’s mad king Charles VI reigned in the middle of the Hundred Years War between England and France. While his early reign hinted at greatness, things soon spiraled downward.

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Topics in this Podcast: French history, 14th Century, biographies, European history, Mental illness, sad royal childhoods, royalty, 15th Century