Bernard VII d'Armagnac

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Bernard VII (* around 1360 ; † June 12, 1418 in Paris ) was Count of Armagnac and Rodez , Count of Charolais and Rodez and Connétable of France .

He was the younger son of Count Jean II and Jeanne de Périgord. He first served his father, later fought together with his brother, Count Jean III. , Gangs of muggers, and tried twice in 1384 and 1389 to make a career in Spain . In 1391, after Jean III's death, he became Count of Armagnac himself.

Through his marriage (around 1393/98) to Bonne von Berry, the daughter of Duke Johann von Berry (and widow of Count Amadeus VII of Savoy , † 1391), he gained influence at the French court, especially as Duke Louis von Orléans , who the Regency Council for the deranged King Charles VI. belonged, and Bernard VII were related by marriage : Ludwig was married to Valentina Visconti (1368-1408), the daughter of Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti , Bernard's sister Béatrice with Carlo Visconti.

After Ludwig's murder in 1407, Bernard remained loyal to the Orleanist party. He married his son Jean with Blanche de Bretagne and his daughter Bonne in 1410 with the new Duke Charles of Orléans (1394-1465).

As the father-in-law of the new Duke of Orléans, Bernard VII of Armagnac was from 1410 the actual leader of his party (now called Armagnacs ) against the Burgundians ( Bourguignons ). In 1415 he became Connétable of France and was thus head of the Dauphin's government until the Burgundian victory in 1418. During the Paris uprising, through which the city was surrendered to the Bourguignons, he was murdered on June 12, 1418 because Bernard was the author of the saw possible poisoning of Dauphin Louis.

See also Civil War of the Armagnacs and Bourguignons