The Valley of the Loire... and the Lion

Our next stop is the castle of Langeais, one of the valley's most historic.  I'll make this short, but once the Hundred Year's War was won, France had chased the "English" out (remember those princes were in fact from right here, so this was really a civil war).  Partly by military victory and partly by her own death, Joan of Arc made her king, Charles VII de Valois, the winner.  The British problem was over, but his son, Louis XI still had two major thorns in the saddle.  First was Burgundy - the ones who had captured Joan herself.  He road east and simply killed the duke of Burgundy (Charles the Bold).  Thus Burgundy, Dijon, and all that mustard were French.  The next problem was Bretagne (Britanny).



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