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us: Louis XI, King of France, 1423-1483


  • [Louis XI (1423-1483) was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1461 to 1483. He succeeded his father Charles VII and was succeeded by his son Charles VIII.]
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    • us: Loys XI, King of France, 1423-1483
    • us: Lewis XI, King of France, 1423-1483
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    • us: Valois, House of
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    • found: InU/Wing STC files (variant: Lewis XI)
    • found: Louis XI, à Péronne, 1827: title page (by Mély-Janin; play about King Louis XI
    • found: Wikipedia, January 4, 2017 (Louis XI of France; Louis XI (3 July 1423-30 August 1483), called the Prudent (French: le Prudent), was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1461 to 1483; he succeeded his father Charles VII; he was born in Bourges, Berry, France, died at the Château de Plessis-lez-Tours, France, and is burried in Notre-Dame de Cléry Basilica; Louis was a devious and disobedient Dauphin of France who entered into open rebellion against his father in a short-lived revolt known as the Praguerie in 1440; the king forgave his rebellious vassals, including Louis, to whom he entrusted the management of the Dauphiné, then a province in southeastern France. Louis' ceaseless intrigues, however, led his father to banish him from court; from the Dauphiné, Louis led his own political establishment and married Charlotte of Savoy, daughter of Louis, Duke of Savoy, against the will of his father; when Charles VII died in 1461, Louis left the Burgundian court to take possession of his kingdom; his taste for intrigue and his intense diplomatic activity earned him the nicknames the Cunning (Middle French: le rusé) and the Universal Spider (Middle French: l'universelle aragne), as his enemies accused him of spinning webs of plots and conspiracies; in 1472, the subsequent Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, took up arms against his rival Louis; however, Louis was able to isolate Charles from his English allies by signing the Treaty of Picquigny (1475) with Edward IV of England; the treaty formally ended the Hundred Years' War; with the death of Charles the Bold at the Battle of Nancy in 1477, the dynasty of the dukes of Burgundy died out; Louis took advantage of the situation to seize numerous Burgundian territories, including Burgundy proper and Picardy; without direct foreign threats, Louis was able to eliminate his rebellious vassals, expand royal power, and strengthen the economic development of his country; he was succeeded by his son Charles VIII)
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    • [Louis XI (1423-1483) was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1461 to 1483. He succeeded his father Charles VII and was succeeded by his son Charles VIII.]
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