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Home     France Royale, Florette, struck 1380-1422
France Royale, Florette, struck 1380-1422

France Royale, Florette, struck 1380-1422



France Royale, Florette, struck 1380-1422

Charles VI (1380-1422)

AR Gros called Florette, 2nd royal emission, Paris

Obverse: Crown over three lis  + KAROLVS: FRANCORV: REX
Reverse: Cross fleurdelisée with crown and lis in angles + SIT: NOME: DNI: BENEDICTV

Article code: 11-0703

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Charles VI (3 December 1368 – 21 October 1422), called the Beloved (le Bien-Aimé) and the Mad (le Fou). In 1380 he came to the throne as a member of the House of Valois.

Charles experienced mental ilness in 1392 which plagued him throughout his life. This resulted in major feuds as his uncles (the Duke of Burgundy and the Duke du Berry) and his brother (Louis, Duke of Orleans) struggled for power; and seriously weakened the French position during the Hundred Years' War. Charles VI (as did more French kings) found alternative ways to finance the war: sales taxes and debasing the coinage.

After the death of Charles VI in 1422 both his son (Charles VII) and his grandson (Henry VI of England) were proclaimed King of France. Charles VI appears to have passed on his mental illness to his grandson Henry, whose inability to govern led England to another civil war, known as the Wars of the Roses.

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