1319 - 1384 (65 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.
||Charles de Blois |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||10 Sep 1384
||19 Mar 2010 |
- Charles of Blois had married Jeanne de Penthievre, heiress to the Duke of Brittany. When her uncle, the last duke died without leaving an heir, the dukedom was to be contested by Jeanne against the Comte de Montfort, known as Jean or John. Charles of Blois, taking up the cause of his wife's claim as his own, began a feud with the Montforts, man and wife. Montfort sided with the English against Philip VI in the 100 years war. Charles of Blois, of course defended the French side of the quarrel. He had captured Jean /John de Montfort and had him imprisoned in the Louvre, and then had to defend himself again Montfort's wife, the Countess Jeanne of Montfort, from Flanders. She pitted herself against Charles of Bloise, defending the town of Hennebont, which Charles had put under siege. The Countess broke the siege and saved the town. Charles himself was captured by the English in 1346, and spent nine years in and English prison.
after nine years as a prisoner of the English paid aransom, and was returned to France. The ransom said to have been asmuch as 350,000 livre or 700,000, was at last ready to come to termswith the implacable Countess de Montfort over the dukedom of Brittany. But Charles wife, Jeanne de Penthievre (said to be crippled) would not relent, and Charles went on with the battle until he himself was killed at Auray in 1364.
After his death in battle of Auray ) the countship of Blois lay unused until 1397 when the countship was sold (by the French crown) to Louis I duc d'Orleans.