Bertrand du Guesclin (d. 1380)
Bertrand du Guesclin (c. 1320 - 1380), Breton knight who became constable of France in 1370; one of the greatest war leaders of this period; his career spanned circa forty years. Upon his death in 1380, his monument was placed in the Abbey of Saint Denis, amongst those of the kings of France.
For more information, see Richard Vernier, The Flower of Chivalry: Bertrand du Guesclin and the Hundred Years War (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007); Michael Jones, Letters, Orders and Musters of Bertrand du Guesclin, 1357-1380 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2004). For his career and his role as the trusted military commander of king Charles V and constable of France, see also John Bell Henneman, Olivier de Clisson and Political Society in France under Charles V and Charles VI (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996).
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