BYU Studies Quarterly

BYU Studies Quarterly

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Charles the Bold


De Lamar Jensen


Mormon studies, Charles the Bold, Holy Roman Empire


Brigham Young University history professor De Lamar Jensen lived in France in 1965, when this essay was written. Jensen gives a brief sketch of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, who craved a loftier title and a united empire stretching from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, encompassing France and Germany. Fearless and power hungry, Charles the Bold lacked diplomacy. He angered his European neighbors and suffered defeat at their hands. The author daringly asserts that Charles the Bold and Charles de Gaulle have much in common, including ambition, policies, and obstinacy. Jensen concludes that de Gaulle would benefit from learning the lessons of history and studying the life of Charles the Bold.