HUNDRED YEARS WAR. Warrant issued by Jehan Grésille, Lieutenant to Guy de la Villette, vicomte de Rouen, 1437
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HUNDRED YEARS WAR
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HUNDRED YEARS WAR. Warrant issued by Jehan Grésille, Lieutenant to Guy de la Villette, vicomte de Rouen, 1437
HUNDRED YEARS WAR
Warrant issued by Jehan Grésille, Lieutenant to Guy de la Villette, vicomte de Rouen, for four livres issued from the Receiver General for expenses incurred in taking letters from Rouen to the Duke of York; with seal attached to vellum tag and signed by [?] Jehan Grésille at the foot, on vellum, laid onto an album leaf at upper edge, minor dust-staining but overall in fine and attractive condition, 88 x 265 mm., Rouen, 18 July 1437

Footnotes

  • Issued during the English rule of Upper Normandy, of which Rouen was capital and where Joan of Arc had been burned six years earlier. Richard, third Duke of York was father of Edward IV and can be regarded as founder of the Yorkist dynasty; it being his challenge to Henry VI's right to the throne that was to instigate the Wars of the Roses in 1450. On 8 May 1436 he had been appointed Lieutenant of France, his army reaching Harfleur on 7 June, although too late to prevent the French reconquest of Paris. His army did however prevent the advance of the French, while Rouen had been saved by Lord Talbot the previous autumn. In the spring of 1437 he applied for leave to return to England, but his departure was delayed until November when he was replaced by the Earl of Warwick.
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