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The Man Who Believed He Was King of France: A True Medieval Tale

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Replete with shady merchants, scoundrels, hungry mercenaries, scheming nobles, and maneuvering cardinals, The Man Who Believed He Was King of France proves the adage that truth is often stranger than fiction—or at least as entertaining. The setting of this improbable but beguiling tale is 1354 and the Hundred Years’ War being waged for control of France. Seeing an opportun ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Melisende d'Outremer
Interesting - a switched-at-birth story based in France during the reign of King Philip IV and his sons.

The first five chapters of the book deal with the story of Giannino di Guccio who is told that he is the real King of France, though switched at birth, by Colia di Rienzo, Senator (sometime Dictator) of Rome. We follow Giannino as he leaves his home in Siena to set out to prove (by what ever means) that he is indeed Jean I, King of France.

France at this period was locked in a bitter struggle w
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Siria
This is an intriguing little book, part history and part historiography. In the first part of The Man Who Believed He Was King of France, Falconieri recounts the tale of Giannino di Guccio, a fourteenth century Sienese merchant who was persuaded to believe he was the lost heir of Louis X of France, switched at birth with the illegitimate son of a travelling Italian. Persuaded of his birthright, di Guccio embarked on an ultimately ruinous journey in an attempt to persuade his royal "relations" of ...more
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Aug 19, 2009 Jesse rated it liked it
Imagine finding out at age 35 that you had been switched at birth with a merchant's son, and that you were the son of the King of France and heir to the disputed throne. Truth? Legend? Fiction? This is a novel based on the historical account (and legend) of Giannino di Guccio (aka John I of France).
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