Jean de Bourgogne was born in Clamecy in 1415, the year his father died in the Battle of Agincourt fighting against the English. As the youngest son, he did not inherit the title and family lands. The wealthy and powerful Duke of Burgundy, Philip II was Jean’s first cousin and welcomed him into the Burgundian Court providing him with monthly funds. Jean became a trusted commander in Philip’s Burgundian forces, fighting in many battles and tournaments. In 1456 Jean was awarded by Duke Philip, membership in the Order of the Golden Fleece.
In 1464 Jean inherited the family counties of Nevers and Rethel upon the death of his older brother Charles. The year 1467 witnessed the death of his former patron Philip II and his son Charles inheriting the Dukedom Considering the animosity between Jean and Charles the new Duke, Jean determined his future was brighter with France. He joined King Louis XI in opposition to Burgundy.
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