Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac
Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac (1360 – 12 June 1418) was the, Count of Armagnac, and Constable of France. He was the son of John II and Jeanne de Périgord. He succeeded in Armagnac at the death of his brother, John III, in 1391. After prolonged fighting, he also became Count of Comminges in 1412.
When his brother, who claimed the Kingdom of Majorca, invaded northern Catalonia late in 1389 in an attempt to seize the kingdom's continental possessions (the County of Roussillon), Bernard commanded part of his forces.
Bernard's wife was Bonne of Berry, the daughter of Duke Jean de Berry and widow of Count Amédée VII of Savoy. He first gained influence at the French court when Louis, Duke of Orléans married Valentina Visconti, the daughter of Giangaleazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan. Béatrice d'Armagnac, Bernard's sister married Carlo Visconti, Valentina's brother.
After Louis's assassination in 1407, Armagnac remained attached to the cause of Orléans. He married his daughter Bonne d'Armagnac to the young Charles, Duke of Orléans in 1410. Bernard d'Armagnac became the nominal head of the faction which opposed John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and the faction came to be called the "Armagnacs" as a consequence. (See: Armagnac (party) )
He became constable of France in 1415 and was the head of the Dauphin's government until the Burgundians triumphed in 1418. He died in the insurrection which delivered Paris to the Burgundians on 12 June 1418.
Marriage and children
Married Bonne of Berry, daughter of Duke Jean de Berry;
- John IV of Armagnac
- Anne of Armagnac, married Charles II of Albret.
- Bonne of Armagnac, married Charles, Duke of Orléans.
- Charles d'Orleans, David V. Harrington, The Middle Ages: Dictionary of World Biography, Vol.2, (Routledge, 1998), 232.
- Neillands, Robin, The Hundred Years War, (Routledge, 1990), 285.
- (FR) Samaran, Charles, La maison d'Armagnac au XVe siècle, (Librairie Alphonse Picard et Fils, 1907), 338.
- Cawley, Charles, Ancestors of Bernard VII, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 -Family tree from the Medieval Lands Project
- The Households of the Counts of Armagnac in the Late Middle Ages - abstract of a paper analyzing the household expenses of Count Bernard VII, from the Société Internationale des Médiévistes.
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