Person:Charles, Duke of Brittany (1)

Charles , duc de Bretagne
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Name Charles , duc de Bretagne
Alt Name[2] Charles de Blois-Châtillon, Duke of Brittany
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 1319
Marriage 4 Jun 1337 Paris, Paris, Franceto Jeanne , duchesse de Bretagne
Death[1] 29 Sep 1364 Auray, Morbihan, France
Reference Number? Q454063?
Burial[2] Guingamp, Côtes-du-Nord, Franceéglise des Cordeliers

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Charles of Blois (1319 – 29 September 1364) claimed the title Duke of Brittany, from 1341 to his death.

Charles was born in Blois, the son of Guy I of Blois-Châtillon, count of Blois, by Margaret of Valois, a sister of king Philip VI of France. He was a devout man, who took piety to the extreme of mortifying his own flesh. It is said that he placed pebbles in his shoes, wore ropes tight with knots near his flesh and confessed every night in fear of sleeping in a state of sin. He was nevertheless an accomplished military leader, who inspired loyalty by his religious fervour.

On 4 June 1337 in Paris, he married Joanna of Penthièvre, heiress and niece of duke John III. Together, Charles and Joanna fought the House of Montfort in the Breton War of Succession (1341–1364), with the support of the crown of France. Despite his piety, Charles did not hesitate in ordering the massacre of 2000 civilians after the siege of Quimper. After initial successes, Charles was taken prisoner by the English in 1347. Thomas Dagworth was the official captor of Charles of Blois. He was released nine years afterwards against a ransom of about half a million ecús, and resumed the war against the Montforts.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Charles, Duke of Brittany, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 CHARLES de Blois-Châtillon, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.