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The Man Who Believed He Was King of France
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The Man Who Believed He Was King of France: A True Medieval Tale

Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri


Replete with shady merchants, scoundrels, hungry mercenaries, scheming nobles, and maneuvering cardinals, this book proves the adage that truth is often stranger than fiction. The setting of this improbable tale is 1354, when the Hundred Years' War was being waged for control of France. Seeing an opportunity for political and material gain, the demagogic dictator of Rome tells Giannino di Guccio that he is in fact the lost heir to Louis X, allegedly switched at birth with the son of a Tuscan merchant. Once convinced of his birthright, Giannino claims for himself the name Jean I, king of France ... More

Keywords: merchants, mercenaries, nobles, cardinals, Hundred Years' War, Giannino di Guccio, Louis X, Jean I, Italian Renaissance, divine right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226145259
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226145273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri, author