Jean Le Fevre de Saint-Remy

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Jean Le Fevre as Toison d'Or King of Arms
For the astronomer see Jean Le Fèvre (astronomer)

Jean Le Fevre (c. 1395 – June 16, 1468) was a Burgundian chronicler and seigneur of Saint Remy. He is also known as Toison d'or because he served as King of Arms to the Order of the Golden Fleece.[1]

Of noble birth, he adopted the profession of arms and with other Burgundians fought in the English ranks at Agincourt. In 1430, on the foundation of the Order of the Golden Fleece by Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, Le Fevre was appointed its king of arms and he soon became a very influential person at the Burgundian court. He frequently assisted Philip in conducting negotiations with foreign powers, and he was an arbiter in tournaments and on all questions of chivalry, where his wide knowledge of heraldry was highly useful. He died at Bruges of natural causes. Le Fevre wrote a Chronique, or Histoire de Charles VI., roy de France. The greater part of this chronicle is merely a copy of the work of Enguerrand de Monstrelet, but Le Fevre is an original authority for the years between 1428 and 1436 and makes some valuable additions to our knowledge, especially about the chivalry of the Burgundian court. He is more concise than Monstrelet, but is equally partial to the dukes of Burgundy. The Chronique has been edited by F. Morand for the Société de l'histoire de France (Paris, 1876). Le Fevre is usually regarded as the author of the Livre des faites de Jacques di Lalaing.

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  1. ^ Françoise de Gruben Les chapitres de la Toison d'or à l'époque bourguignonne (1430-1477) 1997 Page 36 "Jean Le Fevre de Saint-Remy Le premier roi d'armes de la Toison d'Or fut le fameux Jean Le Fevre de Saint-Remy, connu grâce à sa ..."