Jean Le Mercier

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Jean Le Mercier († July 7, 1397 ) was an advisor to the French kings Charles V and Charles VI.

He was of simple descent and was certainly from Scotland . In 1358 he was one of King Charles V's most influential advisers as a notary and secretary . He performed numerous political and diplomatic tasks, especially those with a financial background, loans from the Pope and the cities. In 1369 he was treasurer of war . In 1374 he was ennobled . In 1378 he organized the fortification of ports and the equipping of a fleet in Normandy , and then the return of the property of the King of Navarre , Charles the Evil , in Normandy.

Even under the government of the dukes (1380-1388) he held positions of trust. In 1382 he was Maître de l'Hôtel du roi and took part in the suppression of the uprising in Rouen (see also: Maillotins ). Further diplomatic missions took him to Flanders , Burgundy and Brittany . After Charles VI came of age (1388) he was one of the Marmousets , who ruled the country until 1392, and was the most powerful of them along with Bureau de la Rivière . He too was a Pfründeen hunter to give it a befitting to allow standard of living. Because of this he was charged after the outbreak of the mental illness of Charles VI. (1392) released. Like the Bureau de la Rivière, he was arrested, convicted, and expropriated in October 1392, and finally banished from France in January 1394 .