Cardinal La Balue's native house

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La Balue's house House Cardinal La Balue

At number 2 of the rue du Pont, in Angles village, here’s a pretty stony house (15th century). A famous man was born here in 1421... who? Jean Balue, nicknamed La Balue!

King of France Louis XI noticed him and appointed him Parliament cleric, bishop of Evreux, Fécamp and Rouen. Then he became a cardinal in 1467. King said about him that he was a good sort of a bishop...

But Jean became more and more important! He get his fingers burnt... Courtiers started to be jealous of him... and they told everywhere that he was a traitor, cooking something up with king Louis’ enemy, duke of Burgundy Charles the Bold...

Well, by the way, Jean brought Louis with him in the castle of Péronne, in order to meet Charles: they were supposed to talk... Hey, you must be joking! It was a trap, and the Burgundian arrested Louis... So La Balue was arrested, locked in the castle of Tours, then in Onzain near Blois. And finally in the sinister keep of Loches...


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