Ep. 3 The French Made Me Do It.
Updated: Jul 28, 2019
A Red Revenge Pirate Queen. Be still my heart.
Revenge is often brutal and violent, leaving no fluffy feel good moments. However. This Pirate Queen is someone to 100% look up to. Come on Disney, make this shit a movie already!
Jeanne de Clisson – The Lioness of Brittany
• Born, as Jeanne de Belleville in 1300 to a noble family, Belle-sur-Vie, which is in France
• Married at age 12 to a 19 yr old man named Geoffrey de Chateaubriant VIII, a Breton nobleman
◦ Had 2 children
◦ Geoffrey died in 1326
• In 1328 Jeanne married Guy of Penthievre, a nobleman widower
◦ Mostly to protect her young children, it’s thought
◦ His family didn’t like her though so they petitioned some powerful people which resulted in the marriage beig annuled by the Pope in 1330
• But don’t worry, because in 1330, Jeanne married for the THIRD time
◦ This time to a man named Olivier de Clisson IV
◦ Dude had a castle, a manor house, and lands throughout the country
◦ With the areas that Jeanne herself controlled as an inheritance from her first husband, this made them the Senior Lord of an area
▪ I don’t know what that means, but it sounds at least somewhat important
◦ They had 5 children together
◦ By all accounts they actually had a happy marriage
• During the Breton War of Succession (aka the hundred year war) Olivier went to fight for his king, Philip VI
◦ But he was captured by the English
◦ Although he was released in a prisoner exchange, it only cast suspicion on him
◦ Philip VI suspected that he’d lost the battle on purpose because he was secretly working with the English
◦ On January 19 1343, a truce between France and England was signed. Philip VI inivited Olivier to Paris to celebrate the truce, but once he was there the King had him arrested
◦ He was executed on August 2 1343 by beheading. His head was actually sent to Brittany to be displayed as a warning to others
◦ Many other nobles were shocked by this all. There was no publicly revealed evidence to support the King’s theory, and nobles bodies were not usually treated as such
• Jeanne was NOT HAPPY and now this becomes a revenge story
◦ So, pissed off beyond belief, Jeanne sells all of her estates, and raises a force of loyal men.
◦ Legend says she actually took her sons to see their father’s head in order to sear a deep hatred in their hearts
◦ She goes to a fort that had previously been under her husbands control, and burned it to the ground before the Kings soldiers could reclaim it. SUCK IT!
◦ She also attacks 2 castles and massacres the entire garrison except one person.
• Piracy Begins!
◦ With assistance from the English King, and sympathizers, Jeanne outfitted 3 warships. They were all painted black and their sails dyed red. They would become known as The Black Fleet
◦ Her ship, the flagship, was named My Revenge
◦ These ships would sail the English Channel, hunting down French ships.
◦ She’d attack from the fog without warning, leaving only one survivor to spread the word
◦ After her men slaughtered the French crew, Jeanne would personally behead any aristocrats on board with her ax
◦ This is where she earned her nickname Lioness of Brittany, or Tigress of Brittany depending on the translation.
◦ She continued her piracy from 13 years
◦ But at one point her flagship sunk, leaving Jeanne and her two sons adrift for 5 days. The youngest, Guillaume died of exposure. Jeanne and her son Oliver survived and were rescued.
• And then she just quit piracy. She was never caught or tried.
• In 1356 Jeanne married for a FOURTH time to Walter Bentley, an English Lord.
• She died in 1359 from unknown causes