Saturday, August 07, 2004

HYW(Duncan2): Archbishop of Narbonne's Letter

Public letter from Bernard de Farges, Archbishop of Narbonne confirming the election of Philippe VI to the Throne of France.

From Bernard de Farges, Archbishop of Narbonne, to Gilbert Talbot, counsilor to his Grace, Eduard, Greetings and Blessings

As a man of three score and ten years, and having been Archbishop of Narbone for nearly two score, I remember all of the contraversies of succession in France since the death of Louis X in 1316. In each case where succession did not pass from father to son, were the notables of France summoned. At an assembly of lords and prelates that I attended, did we in assembly elect Philippe V le Long, who was then comte de Bourgogne et Poitiers and regent for France and Navarre during the pregnency of Clemence d'Anjou.

In our councils there were those that held for Jeanne Capet. However. most of us held that Philippe would be a better ruler of France than Jeanne, because she was a six year old girl, and Philippe would rule anyway. So, at the end of the year we elected Philippe V roi de France, and he was crowned on on January 9, 1317.

So then later did Philippe die with only daughters. But daughters, especially child daughters are ill fit to rule. So again we, nobles and prelates were assembled and tasked to elect a roi de France. We again considered Jeanne, daughter of Louis X, and Charles le Bel, then comte de la Marche. We again chose an adult male prince over a child princess.

Charles had six children, five girls and one boy, Louis, who died as an infant. So again, in 1328 were we, the notables of France summoned to elect a roi de France. This time the election was more complicated. The sons of Philippe IV were all dead, and had left nothing but a dozen daughters. We look and see them as reinne de Navarre, comtesse de Bourgogne, comtesse de Nevers, Blanche and Marie who are still girls in the palace of the roi.

This time the six daughters of Louis X, Philippe V and Charles IV were neglected. Now was Philippe, the comte de Maine, Anjou, and Valois considered. He was thirty-five years old, and master of three comte'. We knew him to be capable. He the grandson of Phillippe IV and so a decendent through Charles de Valois, of that roi de France. At first Isabella presented herself, but it was quickly apparent that we notables of France has not liking for her. She was alleged to have murdered her husband only a year before our assembly. She was involved in a scandalous life, including an open adulery with Mortimer. She defered to her son, Eduard. Eduard de Windsor was a sixteen year old boy, who had no titles until February of the previous year. He was a foreign roi and was dominated by his mother. We chose not Eduard, but Philippe.

Having been formally convened our election was legal and proper. It is the way I became Archbishop, by the election of the canons of Narbonne, and it is the way both England and France resolve disputed succession. So has the Pope in his recent settlement with Louis de Bavarie enjoined the use of proper election. This is the true law which sets upon Philippe the crown of France. So did Eduard acknowledge in his oaths of fealty in 1329 and 1331. Only now that Philippe has condemned the wrongful actions of Eduard does the roi d'Angleterre resume his claim to France. The election was done, Philippe is roi.

His Excellency, Bernard,
Archbishop of Narbonne


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