Person:Philip VI of France (1)

Philip VI , of France
d.22 Aug 1350 Nogent-Le-Roi, France
Facts and Events
Name Philip VI , of France
Gender Male
Birth[2] 1293 Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, FranceHouse of Valois
Marriage JUL 1313 to Joan the Lame , of Burgundy
Alt Marriage JUL 1313 Fontainebleau, Ile de France, Franceto Joan the Lame , of Burgundy
Title (nobility)? BET. 1328 - 1350 King of France
Marriage 11 Jan 1350 to Blanche de Navarre
Death? 22 Aug 1350 Nogent-Le-Roi, France
Alt Death? 22 Aug 1350 Eure St Loir, Beauce, Eure-et-Loir, Centre, France
Reference Number? Q170586?
Burial? Basilique Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

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Philip VI (1293 – 22 August 1350), called the Fortunate and of Valois, was the first King of France from the House of Valois. He reigned from 1328 until his death.

Philip's reign was dominated by the consequences of a succession dispute. When King Charles IV the Fair died without a male heir in 1328, the nearest male relative was his nephew Edward III of England, who inherited his claim through his mother Isabella of France, the sister of the dead king. It was held in France, however, that Edward was ineligible to inherit the French throne through the female line according to the ancient Salic Law. At first, Edward seemed to accept Philip's accession as the nearest male relative of Charles IV descended through the male line, however he pressed his claim to the throne of France after a series of disagreements with Philip. The result was the beginning of the Hundred Years' War in 1337.

After initial successes at sea, Philip's navy was annihilated at the Battle of Sluys in 1340, ensuring that the war would occur on the continent. The English took another decisive advantage at the Battle of Crécy (1346), while the Black Death struck France, further destabilizing the country.

In 1349, Philip VI bought the Dauphiné from its ruined ruler Humbert II and entrusted the government of this province to his grandson Charles. Philip VI died in 1350 and was succeeded by his son John II the Good.

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  1.   Anne Denieul-Cormier. Wise and Foolish Kings, The First House of Valois 1328-1498. (Name: Doubleday and Company, Inc, Garden City, New York, 1980;), p41.
  2. Philip VI of France, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  3.   Philippe VI, Roi de France, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.