Bernard VI, Count of Armagnac

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Bernard VI, Count of Armagnac
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Bernard VI
Spouse(s) Isabella d'Albret
Cecilia Rodez
Noble family House of Armagnac
Father Gerald VI of Armagnac
Mother Mathe de Béarn
Born c. 1270
Died 1319

Bernard VI, (c. 1270 – 1319), Count of Armagnac and Fezensac, was the son of Gerald VI, Count of Armagnac, and Mathe de Béarn.

Service for King of France[edit]

In 1302, Bernard fought in Italy under the command of Charles of Valois. Subsequently, he participated in all the campaigns in Flanders directed by Philippe le Bel and his son Louis X (in 1303, 1304, 1313 and 1315). He then served as head of large detachments of the royal army. He contributed particularly to the victory of Mons-en-Alarcon on 18 August 1304, with four hundred armed men and a thousand policemen on foot. This military activity was very expensive and impoverished Bernard VI and he was obliged to borrow 2500 gold florins for the funeral of his wife.

Conflict with House of Foix[edit]

After the death of Gaston VII, Viscount of Béarn, his grandfather, he maintained a long war against the Counts of Foix following the controversy over the will. The will favored the Count of Foix and Bernard refuted its legitimacy. The conflict escalated into an undeclared war between the houses of Foix and Armagnac, which took place during nearly all of the fourteenth century.

Marriages and Children[edit]

He first married Isabella d'Albret (c. 1275 † 1 December 1294), daughter of Bernard Ezy IV Sire of Albret and Jeanne de Lusignan. Through this marriage, Bernard VI carried the title of lord of Albret between the years 1280 and 1294.

In 1298, he married Cecilia de Rodez, heiress of Henri II Count of Rodez.
Children, all born of the second marriage were:

  • John I (1305 † 1373), Count of Armagnac, of Fezensac and Rodez.
  • Mathe († 1364), married in 1321 to Bernard Ezi IV, Sire d'Albret.
  • Isabella, Lady of Beras.

Bernard had an illegitimate son;

  • John, Bastard of Armagnac, called la Guerre(the War),[1] participated in wars in Gascony. He was captured by the king's men, then released after promising to be faithful and loyal to the king. He left arms, embraced the ecclesiastical state, was Patriarch of Alexandria, then took the administration of the diocese of Rodez in 1376.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Archives historiques de la Gascogne, Ed. Société historique de Gascogne, (Cocharaux Frères Imprimeur, 1887), 135.

References[edit]

  • Archives historiques de la Gascogne, Ed. Société historique de Gascogne, Cocharaux Frères Imprimeur, 1887.
Bernard VI, Count of Armagnac
Born: c. 1270 Died: 1319
Preceded by
Gerald VI
Count of Armagnac
1285–1319
Succeeded by
John I