James Of Armagnac

JAMES OF ARMAGNAC, duke of Nemours (c. 1433-1477), was the son of Bernard d' Armagnac, count of Pardiac, and Eleanor of Bourbon-La Marche. As comte de Castres, he served under Charles VII. in Normandy in 1449 and 1450 ; and afterwards in Guienne. On the accession of Louis XI. the king loaded him with honours, married him to his god-daughter, Louise of Anjou, and recognized his title to the duchy of Nemours in 1462. Sent by Louis to pacify Roussillon, Nemours f :it that he had been insufficiently rewarded for the rapid success of this expedition, and joined the League of the Public Weal in 1465. He subsequently became reconciled with Louis, but soon resumed his intrigues. After twice pardoning him, the king's patience became exhausted, and he besieged the duke's chateau at Carlat and took him prisoner. Nemours was treated with the utmost rigour, being shut up in a cage ; and was finally condemned to death by the parlement and beheaded on the 4th of August 1477.

See B. de Mandrot, Jacques d' Armagnac, due de Nemours (Paris, 1890).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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