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"And Blood Rained From The Sky": Creating A Burgundian Identity After The Fall Of Burgundy

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On Valentine's Day 1481 it rained blood in Dijon, capital of the duchy of Burgundy. Especially soaked were the castle, which King Louis XI of France had recently begun, and the Franciscan convent where the town council met. Five weeks later Dijon experienced another bloody rainfall, shocking the residents and defying Louis XI, who scoffed at reports he had received about the first one and prohibited any interpretations of such a portentous event. Ignoring Louis's ban, the heavens continued to pour gore on Dijon. Dijon's gory showers have direct political implications that explain their appeal to Bisontin oligarchs like Ludin and reflect their conception of true Burgundianness. Dijon is immediately identified in Ludin's memoir as the residence of the Burgundian dukes, Mary of Burgundy is its "obvious" ruler, and Dijon is the duchy's "principal city".

Keywords: bloody rainfall; Burgundy; Dijon's castle; Franciscan convent; King Louis XI



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