The accession of Louis XI in 1461 offered the prospect of a return to power in the Kingdom of France for the men of the east under Philip the Good. Despite accompanying Louis to Paris in great ceremony and placing the crown upon the new king’s head, the duke of Burgundy was to be disappointed. Those of his men who did attain royal office were few in number, and were soon suspected of putting the king’s interests above the duke’s, particularly when Louis XI succeeded in repurchasing the strategically important Somme towns from a declining Philip the Good (1463). It turned out that just like the future king John during his time in Normandy, Louis had not closely integrated with the regional elite which he lived among before coming to the throne. Just as few Normans followed John into power in 1350, so few Burgundians formed part of Louis’s ruling group in the early years of his reign.
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