France, as it appeared at the time of the Peace of Troyes. Note the following color-coded key: Rose (controlled by Henry VI of England); Purple (controlled by the Duke of Burgundy); Blue (controlled by Charles of France); Yellow (location of main battles). Map image, by Aliesin; online via Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0


Two years after the Peace of Troyes, both Henry V and Charles VI were dead. The Treaty had not anticipated such an event. Who would ascend to the throne of France now?

Regents for Henry's son, Henry VI, claimed the throne was his. Charles' son—known as "The Dauphin"—disagreed. He said no Englishman but Henry V had a claim to the throne. Since Henry V was dead, the throne could not belong to England.

Charles, the Dauphin, proclaimed himself king and took the name Charles VII.

Declaring himself king—and being king—were two very different things. The Dauphin soon learned his people would not recognize him as king until he was crowned in the traditional manner and place. French coronations always took place at the Cathedral in Rheims.

But ... Rheims was controlled by the English.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 1999

Updated Last Revision: Jun 20, 2019

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