Dynastic Marriage Policy in France 1400-1525

Korean Minjok Leadership Academy

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Outline , Dec. 20th 2008
Working Table of Contents, First Update , Dec. 11th 2008
Working Bibliography , Dec. 11th 2008
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            I have often heard of certain marriages changing the outcome of a war, the collapse and rise of a dynasty, and so on. What I did not know was the context of the marriages, how they came to take place, and the specific results those policies brought about. What I will try to look for by writing this paper is exactly that; to investigate the value of marriage as a diplomatic tool by looking deeper into significant marriage policies, discussing their impact and analyzing whether they were successful, a complete failure, or insignificant at best.
            The first thing I would do is to organize every significant marriage. These marriages would not only include those of the royal house, but of smaller ducal dynasties as well. What I would try to do is create an image that shows important families and their familial relations, and try to connect those who were married, and briefly explain the marriage policy involved to facilitate my own understanding of the subject.
            Next, I would elaborate intensively on each marriage policy. Some would have had a negligible impact, often resulting in no issue and such. Others could have drastically changed the outcome of a war by being tools of peacemaking. I will try to investigate the diplomacy involved and at the same time include details on whether the marriage lasted long enough or if the couple had notable figures as issue as to have an impact on the states.
            Finally, I would look into more significant figures. Some people, by marriage, achieved more than they were purported to, and created a large impact on the state. I will try to be as detailed and thorough as possible on these specific people. I would also try to look into individual biographies to elaborate on their lives as a whole.

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I.      Introduction
II.      Background
III.      Dynastic marriage policy in France 1400-1525
III.1.      The nature and purpose of dynastic marriage policies in France
III.1.1      Expansion of royal domain
III.1.2      Relations between various ruling houses in France
III.1.3      International relations
III.2.      List of marriages and involved marriage policy
III.2.1      Capetian Dynasty, Direct Valois (1328-1498)
III.2.2      Capetian Dynasty, Valois-Orleans Branch (1498-1515)
III.2.3      Capetian Dynasty, Valois-Angouleme Branch (1515-1589)
III.3. Dynastic marriage policies of the French ducal dynasties
III.3.1. List of marriages based on region and involved policy
III.3.1.1. Duchy of Burgundy
III.3.1.2. Duchy of Orleans
III.3.1.3. County of Angoul?me
III.3.1.4. Other ducal dynasties
III.4.      The success or failure of dynastic marriage policy
III.5.      Significant results of marriage policy based on its purpose
IV.      Conclusion

Working Bibliography . . Go to Teacher's Comment

I. Secondary Sources
1. Denieul-Cormier, Anne. Wise and Foolish Kings: The First House of Valois, 1328-1498, 1980.
2. Calmette, Joseph. The Golden Age of Burgundy: The Magnificent Dukes and Their Courts, 2001.
3. Knecht, Robert J. The Valois: Kings of France 1328-1589. 2007
4. Dewald, Jonathan. The European Nobility, 1400-1800.1996.
5. Dickens, Arthur Geoffrey. The Courts of Europe: Politics, Patronage, and Royalty, 1400-1800. 1985.

II. Sources relevant, may be used (probably for background knowledge)
1. Zmora, Hillay. Monarchy, Aristocracy, and the State in Europe 1300-1800. 2001.

III. Sources relevant, will not be used
1. Robinson, Agnes Mary Frances. Margaret of Angoul?me, Queen of Navarre. 1887

IV. Wikipedia Articles
List of French monarchs, John the Fearless, Counts and Dukes of Angouleme, Duke of Orleans, Charles ? Duke of Orleans, Louis I ? Duke of Orleans, Francis I of France, Style of the French sovereign, Charles, Count of Angouleme, John, Count of Angouleme, Louise of Savoy, Louis XII of France, Charles VII, VIII of France, Charles VI of France, Isabeau of Bavaria, Richard II of England, Philip the Good, Joan of France(1391-1433),Jacqueline,Countess of Hainaut, Catherine of Valois, Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, Lady Margaret Beaufort, Charles VII of France, Armagnac-Burgundian Civil War, Marie of Anjou, Catherine of Valois (daughter of Charles VII), Yolande de Valois, Magdalena of Valois, Charles de Valois, Duc de Berry

Only some will be used to significant extent; only a few sentences or words will be taken from the other articles.

Working Table of Contents . . Go to Teacher's Comment

I.      Introduction
II.      Dynastic marriage policy in France 1400-1525
II.1.      The nature and purpose of dynastic marriage policies in France
II.1.1      Expansion of royal domain
II.1.2      Relations between various ruling houses in France
II.1.3      International relations
II.2.      List of marriages and involved marriage policy
II.2.1      Capetian Dynasty, Direct Valois (1328-1498)
II.2.2      Capetian Dynasty, Valois-Orleans Branch (1498-1515)
II.2.3      Capetian Dynasty, Valois-Angouleme Branch (1515-1589)
II.3.      The success or failure of dynastic marriage policy
II.4.      Significant results of marriage policy based on its purpose
III.      Conclusion

I have a problem with my table of contents
1. I somehow have to mention that France had many duchies and such as Burgundy, Brittany, and people from those regions frequently participated in the French KingdomĄ¯s marriage policies as well.
2. Also, I have to mention bits about the English monarchy, because some marriage policies I did research about involves French princesses that became queen consorts of England.
IĄ¯m having problems trying to incorporate these things into my table of contents.