Barbazan, Arnaud Guillaume, seigneur de

Barbazan, Arnaud Guillaume, seigneur de

(ärnō` gēyōm` sānyör` də bärbäzäN`), c.1360–1431, French general in the Hundred Years War. He was called le chevalier sans reproche [the knight without reproach]. A leader of the Armagnacs (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 a staunch supporter of the dauphin, the future King Charles VII, Barbazan defended (1420) Melun against the English and was held prisoner by them from 1420 to 1430. After his release he fought successfully against the English and Burgundians and was made governor of Champagne and Brie. He died fighting in Lorraine.
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