Madness of Charles VI

History tells us that King Charles VI, of France, ultimately "went mad." In one episode, displaying his lack of reasoning, he turned on his own knights.

That event is depicted in this illustration which appears in Froissart's Chronicles (or Chroniques).

Jean Froissart (circa 1337 - circa 1405) created his four-volume work to relate numerous events which occurred during the Hundred Years’ War (in Europe). His Chronicle opens with Edward II (who was deposed in 1326) and continues up to 1400.

It is a huge work containing close to 1.5 million words.

Maintained by the BNF (the National Library of France) in Paris, Froissart’s Chronicles are not always accurate - according to historians - but his accounts are lively and the illustrations (by leading artists of the medieval era) are beautiful.

This picture - attributed to “The Master of Anthony Burgundy” - is called the "Madness of Charles VI." It depicts Charles crossing the forest of LeMans in a battle against Pierre de Craon. Froissart was a contemporary of Charles VI.

The king, who is wielding his sword, somehow thinks members of his own forces are his enemies - and attacks them. It was said, at the time, that the king was "feeble-minded."

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jan 09, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Jun 20, 2019

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Miniature from Froissart's Chronicles, described above, illustrated by "The Master of Anthony of Burgundy." Online via the BNF and Wikimedia Commons. 


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