Charles Valois

The first of the the third generation of Valois kings, Charles was crowned king at a very young age. Although he has the makings of a good king, (after all, he is descended from Francis Valois), Charles proved sickly from the start, and is easily dominated by his mother, Catherine d’ Medici: a woman who’s extreme devotion to her children is only outmatched by her incompetence in leading France. Weak, easily swayed, and lacking all of the healthy confidence of the past Valois kings, Charles has good intentions for France, but under his indecisive rule the power of the Valois waned. As religious fervor sweep through Europe and French lords call their vassals to arms, Charles’s indecisiveness worsened the discord, destroying the delicate power balance and throwing the country into civil war.

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