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(p.93) Chapter Five In Prison
The Man Who Believed He Was King of France
University of Chicago Press

On January 2, 1361, just four days after the capture of Pont-Saint-Esprit, the entire household of Giannino di Guccio, including Neri d'Andrea Beccarini and the monk Federigo degli Ubaldini, was arrested in the palace of the cardinal of Florence. The pope sent word to Matteo di Gesualdo, seneschal of Provence, urging the capture of those sheltering in his territory. Matteo di Gesualdo arrested Giannino and imprisoned him in Aix-en-Provence. Jean I, the bizarre king of France, had now become an outlaw. On January 12, a delegation of forty citizens of Aix-en-Provence arrived to visit Giannino in prison and treated him with reverence. On April 16, Pope Innocent VI wrote to the king and queen of Naples; his letter, clearly dictated by pressure from the French court, attempted to convince them to accede to the demands of Jean II the Good. The information about Giannino di Guccio ends in October 1362. In the last glimpse of him, he is a prisoner of Queen Giovanna in Castel dell'Ovo.

Keywords:   Giannino di Guccio, Pont-Saint-Esprit, Matteo di Gesualdo, Jean I, Aix-en-Provence, France, king, Pope Innocent VI, prison, Jean II the Good

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