Tanneguy du Chastel

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Tanneguy III du Chastel (or Tanguy du Châtel) (1369–1449) was a French military leader of the Hundred Years' War.

Life

In 1415, he was provost of Paris, charged with keeping order in the city. During the civil war between the Armagnacs and Burgundians, he was one of the leaders of the Armagnac faction under Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac, constable of France. He opposed the partisans of the duke of Burgundy in their attempts to capture Paris. His nephew was Alain de Coëtivy, bishop of Avignon.

He was a favourite of Charles the Dauphin (later Charles VII), who he saved from a Parisian riot in May 1418 during the Cabochien Revolt. With Jean Louvet, another of Charles VII's favourites, he was one of the main instigators of the assassination of John the Fearless by some Armagnac men at arms during his interview with Charles at Montereau-Fault-Yonne on 10 September 1419.

From 1425, his influence waned as Arthur de Richemont's waxed. Also, in 1429, he used all his effort to convince the Dauphin to receive then welcome Joan of Arc - in effect, several of Charles VII's counsellors supported the principle of a rapprochement with Burgundy in order to present a united front against England, which could not have been achieved without du Chastel's efforts.

His son

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The tombstone of Tanneguy du Chastel (son)

His son, also called Tanneguy, began as governor of Roussillon, before fleeing to Brittany, where he became grand maître d'hôtel of Francis II, Duke of Brittany. He next was in the service of king Louis XI and was killed in 1477 at the siege of Bouchain in Picardy, in the course of a war against the Bourgogne, after the death of Charles the Bold. Louis XI had him buried at Notre-Dame de Cléry (right), where Louis himself was buried in 1483.

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Preceded by
Louis, Count of Vendôme
Grand Master of France
1422–1440
Succeeded by
Charles de Culant