Lord of the Pyrenees: Gaston Fébus, Count of Foix (1331-1391)
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2008 - 222 pàgines
The reign of Gaston III, Count of Foix and self-proclaimed sovereign Lord of Béarn, stands out as one of the rare success stories of the `calamitous' fourteenth century. By playing a skilful game of shifting allegiances and timely defiance, he avoided being drawn into the conflicts between his more powerful neighbours - France and English Aquitaine, Aragon and Castile -- thus sparing his domains the devastations of warfare. Best known as a patron of the arts, and the author of a celebrated Book of the Hunt, Fébus - as he styled himself - also prefigures the eighteenth-century `enlightened despots' with his effort to centralize government, protect natural resources and promote enterprise. But a sequence of mysterious tragedies -- the abrupt dismissal of his wife, the slaying of his only legitimate son - reveal the dark side of the brilliant and enigmatic `Sun Prince of the Pyrenees'. RICHARD VERNIER is Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages and Literatures, Wayne State University. He is the author of The Flower of Chivalry: Bertrand du Guesclin and the Hundred Years War.
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Trials and Tribulations
Challenges and Designs
Fébus at Home
Fébus the Author
The Orthez Mystery
Death and the Spoils
Appendix Bernard de Béarn Count of Medinaceli
Agnès Albret Aquitaine army Avignon bastard Béarnais Bernard Berry Bigorre Bordeaux brother castle century Charles of Navarre chronicler Chroniques Count of Armagnac Count of Foix d’Espagne Dauphin death defence domains Duke Edward England English Espan de Lion Estates father fealty feudal fiefs florins Foix and Béarn Foix-Béarn French Crown Froissart Garonne garrison Gascony Gaston Fébus Gaston III’s heir homage hunt Ibid Jean Froissart Jeanne King of Aragon King of France King of Navarre King’s knights Lancaster lands Languedoc Launac least Lieutenant Livre de chasse lord of Albret lord of Béarn Louis d’Anjou Lourdes Majorca marriage Marsan and Gavardan Mathieu Mauvezin Mazères Midi military Moncade Moreover Morlaàs Navarrese neighbours nobles Normandy Orisons Orthez Pamiers Paris peace perhaps Philippe Poitiers Pope Prince of Wales Prince’s Pyrenees ransoms reign Roger-Bernard royal seigniorial squire subjects tion Toulouse town troops truce Tucoo-Chala Valois vassal Vicomté Viscount of Béarn Voyage young Gaston