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Title: Charles V (1338-1380)

Description: Charles V (Charles the Wise; January 31, 1338-September 16, 1380), king of France (1364-1380) and a member of the House of Valois. His reign was marked by success during the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453), in that his armies regained most of the land ceded to England at the Treaty of Brétigny (May 8, 1360). A strong-willed and shrewed monarch, Charles instituted a strong police force, ostensibly to promote the security and happiness of his people. However, that police force proved to be more oppressive than beneficial to the French public. Within that police force rose an army of clandestine informers, agents and spies, who deprived the French of their liberty. This police force kept Charles well-informed of the plans and activities of the great dukes of France, many of whom were more powerful in resources, wealth and men-at-arms than the king himself, and who might secretly covet his throne, which was one of the chief reasons why Charles established that police spy network. In their zeal to prove their worth, his agents incriminated and caused the imprisonment of many of his innocent subjects.

Category: France

Keywords: Charles V, House of Valois, Hundred Years War, Treaty of Bré, tigny, police forces, spies, agents, spying, espionage, Intelligence

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 900 x 1158 (1.04 MPixels) (1.29)

Print Size: 7.6 x 9.8 cm; 3.0 x 3.9 inches

File Size: 3.02 MB (3,167,860 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004399

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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