Mathurin Le Roy
|Birthplace:||Bourges, Centre, France|
|Managed by:||Suzanne Angele Bouchard|
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About Mathurin Le Roy
Occupation: Maitre d'Hôtel BEF 1416 for John of France, Duke of Berry (1340-1416). Unlike his brothers Charles V, Louis of Anjou, and Philip the Bold, John of France, Duke of Berry, the third son of John the Good and Bona of Luxemburg, never played a major role in the political history of the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, although his elder brother and his nephew Charles VI often entrusted him with important governmental duties. This great lord, refined and fond of luxury, like all the princes of the Valois line, seemed to have no more consuming passion than the embellishment of his various residences, especially the hôtel de Nesles in Paris and the château of Mehun-sur-Yèvre in Berry, which he filled, as Charles V had done at the Louvre and Vincennes, with the most fabulous art collections of the age. Three detailed inventories drawn up between 1403 and John's death in 1416, give some idea of these incredibly rich collections, which included tapestries, reliquaries wrought of silver, gold, and ivory, fabulous gems, and precious manuscripts. The duke's last days were shrouded in grief after the French defeat at Agincourt.