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of their fathers. Such chroniclers are the chief authorities for the present work; but French writers of more recent date, and most especially Henri Martin, have been carefully read and studied; and for the interesting particulars of the trial of Joan of Arc, the latter has been taken as the principal authority.
A. E. B.
1. THE TREATY OF TROYES AND ITS CONSEQUENCES,
THE AUTHORITIES CONSULTED FOR THE PRESENT WORK
WERE PRINCIPALLY THESE :
Monstrelet, vols. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 1o.
Treaty of Troyes—Henry V.-Charles VI.-Duke of Burgundy—their
Compact disinherits the Dauphin - Queen Isabella's Hatred of her Son-Chastisement by the King of Bois-Bourbon-Princess Catherine married to Henry of England-Henry besieges Montereau-the Governor will not yield-Henry hangs the Prisonershe besieges Melun—Charles vi. brought before the Gates of the Town—Henry enters Paris in Triumph-Charles accompanies hiin —the Dauphin appeals against the Treaty of Troyes—he is driven beyond the Loire-summoned before the Parliament--escapesCatherine gives birth to a Son-Henry and Catherine return to France—Royal Banquet at Paris—Charles neglected— Death of Henry v.-his Body taken to England—Death of Charles VI. — his obsequies at St. Denis.
HE great victories of our chivalrous Henry v. in
France; the imbecility into which the unfortunate monarch of that country, Charles VI., had
fallen ; with the league formed between Henry and the Duke of Burgundy,—led to the most extraordinary treaty of peace between the ruling princes of three powerful states to be found in the history of the fifteenth
century—the Treaty of Troyes. The principal articles on which the parties agreed were these
That Henry of England should espouse Catherine, the French Princess; that during the life of her father, the reigning King, Henry should act for him as Regent, or head of the Government, and on his decease should succeed to the throne of France, and his heirs after him, to the exclusion of the natural heir, Charles the Dauphin ; that Burgundy should unite his arms to those of Henry and Charles VI., in order to overcome the adherents of the Dauphin, who was pronounced an enemy to the State; and that no peace should be concluded with him without the consent of the contracting parties."
This was hard measure for the young Prince ; but various causes had combined to create for him powerful enemies in Henry, the Duke of Burgundy, and his own mother. Against the first-named he was engaged, though with a very insufficient force, in the south, where the English had considerable possessions. Burgundy was furious to revenge upon his head the death of his father, Duke Jean-Sans-Peur, who not very long before had been assassinated, if not by the immediate concurrence of the Dauphin (who was present), certainly without his interference to prevent it; and his mother's hatred arose from her own evil and imperious character.
Isabella of Bavaria, the wife of Charles VI., taking advantage of his mental weakness, had amassed large
Monstrelet gives the treaty at large, vol. v. p. 185.