Born around 1320 in Broons, France, Bertrand Du Guesclin rose from modestly noble beginnings to become one of the foremost men of his age. By the time he died, in 1380, his role as one of the most remarkable Constables of France had earned him a place among the kings of France.

As a military leader in France and abroad, Du Guesclin’s reputation was that of a fierce, cunning and effective warrior. Such was his fame that, shortly after his death, an epic poem, the Chanson de Bertrand Du Guesclin, would be created, celebrating his feats and raising him to the status of national hero. Even in the twentieth century, his memory would be claimed – and reviled – by various political groups eager to use Du Guesclin’s fame to bolster their causes.

As a military leader in France and abroad, Du…

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Citation: James, Sara I. "Bertrand du Guesclin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 March 2018 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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