Arnaud Guillaume

Arnaud Guillaume

Barbazan, Arnaud Guillaume, seigneur de, c.1360-1431, French general in the Hundred Years War. He was called le chevalier sans reproche [the knight without reproach]. A leader of the Armagnacs (see Armagnacs and Burgundians) and a staunch supporter of the dauphin, the future King Charles VII, Barbazan defended (1420) Melun against the English and was held prisoner by them from 1420 to 1430. After his release he fought successfully against the English and Burgundians and was made governor of Champagne and Brie. He died fighting in Lorraine.
Arnaud Guillaume (also Arnault Guilhem), Seigneur de Barbazan, (1360 in Barbazan-Dessus, Hautes-Pyrénées, France – 1431, Vaudoncourt, Vosges, France) was a counsellor and butler to Charles VII of France and later a general during the Hundred Years' War who earned for himself the name of the Irreproachable Knight.

He was one of the chief Armagnacs, a fervent partisan of Charles VII, and a sworn enemy of the Burgundians. He defended Melun in 1420 against the English, who captured him and kept him as a prisoner of war until 1430. Upon his release, he continued to fight against Burgundy and England, finally dying in combat in the Vosges mountains near the villages of Bulgnéville and Vaudoncourt.

Because of his heroic service to France and to the king in the many battles he had participated in, Barbazan was buried at the Saint Denis Basilica next to the king himself, after a state funeral of a type usually reserved for kings.

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