Referred to as both Charles the Mad and Charles the Well Beloved, at the age of eleven, he was crowned King of France in 1380 in the cathedral at Reims. Until he took complete charge as king in 1388, France was run by his uncle, Philippe the Bold.
Unfortunately, in his mid twenties, Charles VI experienced his first bout of psychosis. These fits of madness would occur periodically for the rest of his life. Doctors today believe, based on his ups and downs, that he may in fact have suffered from Bipolar disorder.
Charles VI's reign was marked by the continuing wars with the English culminating in 1415 when the French army was defeated at the Battle of Agincourt. In 1420, Charles signed the Treaty of Troyes which recognized Henry V of England as his successor that meant his own son could not succeed him. Many citizens, later including Joan of Arc, believed that an unwell king, under mental stress, agreed to such disastrous and unprecedented terms.
Charles VI died on October 21, 1422 at Paris and is interred with his wife, Isabeau de Bavière in Saint Denis Basilica.
He was eventually succeeded by his son Charles VII.
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