Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
- By the end of January representatives of the crown and the restive nobles meet in Loudon, and once again the queen regent and her government are forced to grant concessions to the grands in order to restore peace in the kingdom. The agreement, finalised by May, costs the crown tens of millions of livres in titles, properties, and pensions.
- The tensions of court spread to the populace as factions for and against the government of d’Ancre take to the streets in Paris and elsewhere. Faced with Condé‘s growing popularity – pamphleteers across the country call him the ’defender of the crown’ against the Italian regent and her favorite – Marie de’ Medicis engineers Condé’s arrest on 1 September and his imprisonment in the royal fortress of Vincennes, along with his wife. Rioters sack d’Ancre’s residence, but the government stands firm. With Condé imprisoned, d’Ancre remakes the king’s council with his own clients, includng the bishop of Luçon, who is put in charge of France’s foreign affairs. The ducs de Mayenne and Nevers quit court and mobilize their forces in opposition.
- On his own initiative, and without the king’s permission, the duc de Lesdiguières, governor of Dauphiné, raises an army and marches over the Alps to support the duca di Savoia against Spanish incursions from Milan.