Bernard VII

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Bernard VII

(bĕrnär`), d. 1418, count of Armagnac, constable of France. As father-in-law of Charles d'OrléansOrléans, Charles, duc d'
, 1391–1465, French prince and poet; nephew of King Charles VI. After the assassination of his father, Louis d'Orléans, he became (1407) titular head of the Armagnacs (see Armagnacs and Burgundians).
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 he led the Armagnac faction (see Armagnacs and BurgundiansArmagnacs and Burgundians,
opposing factions that fought to control France in the early 15th cent. The rivalry for power between Louis d'Orléans, brother of the recurrently insane King Charles VI, and his cousin John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy, led to Louis's murder
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) and from 1415 to 1418 was virtual ruler of France. His oppression of the Parisians, intended to check Burgundian power, caused the betrayal of Paris to John the Fearless of Burgundy; in the ensuing massacre Bernard was killed.