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Louis was born on 27 June 1462, in the Château de Blois. The son of Charles, duc d'Orléans and Marie of Cleves, he succeeded his father as Duke of Orléans in the year 1465.

In the 1480s Louis was involved in the so-called Mad War against royal authority. Allied with Francis II, Duke of Brittany he confronted the royal army at the Battle of Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier, but was comprehensively defeated and captured. Pardoned three years later, Louis joined his cousin King Charles VIII, in campaigns in Italy.

All four of Charles VIII's children died in infancy. The French interpretation of the Salic Law permitted claims to the French throne only by male agnatic descendants of French kings. This made Louis, the great-grandson of King Charles V, the most senior claimant as heir of Charles VIII. Louis thus succeeded to the throne on the king's death.

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Well written and intriguing. Bravo!
Apr 03, 2018 05:02 pm
Great description. The dark is indeed a tricky thing! :)
Feb 05, 2018 01:41 pm
I am also perplexed. But in a good way. :) Perplexed because this is a great post!
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Nov 17, 2012 02:08 pm
The power of secrets in action. A very good post.
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