Charles VII

Claimant to the Throne of France

Lilies & Lions, An Alternative History
Charles VII the Desperate
King of France (disputed)
Reign 28 September 1421 – 21 April 1429
Coronation 14 October 1421
Predecessor Charles VI
Successor Henry II
 
Born 22 February 1403
Paris, Kingdom of France
Died 21 April 1429 (aged 26)
Vienne, Dauphiné Viennois
Burial Saint-André de Grenoble, Grenoble, Dauphiné Viennois
Spouse Anne of Armagnac (m. 1421)
Issue Charles the Rash
John, Lord of Taranto
Peter of Valence
Noble family House of Valois
Father Charles VI
Mother Isabeau of Bavaria
Religion Roman Catholicism

Charles VII (22 February 1403 – 21 April 1429) was the self-proclaimed King of France following his father's death late in 1421.

In the midst of war with the Kingdom of England, Charles VII inherited the throne of France under desperate circumstances. Armies of the Kingdom of England and the Duchy of Burgundy occupied Guyenne and northern France, including Paris, the most populous city, and Reims, the city in which the French kings were traditionally crowned. In addition, his father Charles VI the Mad had disinherited him in 1420 and recognized Henry V of England and his heirs as the legitimate successors of the French crown instead. At the same time, a civil war raged in France between the Armagnacs (supporters of the House of Valois) and the Burgundian party (supporters of the House of Valois-Burgundy allied to the English).

With his court removed to Bourges, south of the Loire River, Charles was disparagingly called the “King of Bourges”, because the area around this city was one of the few remaining regions left to him. Seeing little other choice, Charles had himself crown king in Bourges in 1421. His bitter rival, the now proclaimed Henry, King of France, was quick to pursue.

Charles died in battle near the city of Vienne in 1429; his death secured the succession for Henry.

Charles VII the Desperate
King of France (disputed)
Reign 28 September 1421 – 21 April 1429
Coronation 14 October 1421
Predecessor Charles VI
Successor Henry II
 
Born 22 February 1403
Paris, Kingdom of France
Died 21 April 1429 (aged 26)
Vienne, Dauphiné Viennois
Burial Saint-André de Grenoble, Grenoble, Dauphiné Viennois
Spouse Anne of Armagnac (m. 1421)
Issue Charles the Rash
John, Lord of Taranto
Peter of Valence
Noble family House of Valois
Father Charles VI
Mother Isabeau of Bavaria
Religion Roman Catholicism

Early life


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Charles VII of France
House of Valois
Cadet branch of the House of Capet
Born: 22 February 1403 Died: 21 April 1429
Regnal titles
Preceded by
John of Valois
Dauphin of Viennois
Contested by Henry V of England
1417–1429
Succeeded by
Henry II and V
Duke of Berry and Tourraine
Count of Ponthieu and Poitou
1417–4 June 1429
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Charles VI of France
– TITULAR –
King of France

1421–1429
Reason for dynastic failure:
Treaty of Troyes
Lancastrian accession