John VI , Duke of Brittany
b.24 Dec 1389 Vannes, Aube, Champagne, France
d.29 Aug 1442 Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays-de-la-Loire, France
m. 02 SEP 1386
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'John VI the Wise' (in Breton, Yann V ar Fur', in French this would be Jean VI but French accounting, influenced by the French view of the Breton War of Succession, makes him Jean V le Sage') (24 December 1389 – 29 August 1442), was duke of Brittany, count of Montfort, and titular earl of Richmond, from 1399 to his death. He was son of Duke John V (Jean IV) and Joan of Navarre.
John VI became Duke of Brittany in 1399 when still a minor upon the death of his father, John V. His mother, Joan of Navarre, served as Regent in the intial portion of his reign.
Unlike his father, John VI was a Duke of Brittany who would experience peace, or so the end of the Breton War of Succession and John V's military conquests in Brittany permitted him to be. He strove to reinforce ducal authority, by levying a permanent army and constructing a coherent method of taxation in Brittany. John VI was also a patron of the Arts and the Church and funded the construction of several cathedrals.