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John VI, Duke of Brittany

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John VI (in French Jean VI) (December 24 1389 August 29 1442), known as the Wise, was duke of Brittany, from 1399 to his death. He was son of Duke John V and Jeanne d'Albret, princess of Navarre. John VI married Jeanne de Valois, princess of France, daughter of king Charles, the Mad.

Unlike his father, John VI was a peaceful man, or so the end of the Breton War of Succession permitted him to be so. He thrived to reinforce ducal authority, by levying a permanent army and constructing a coherent method of taxation in Brittany. John VI was also a patron of the Arts and the Church and funded the construction of several cathedrals.

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See also: Dukes of Brittany family tree

Preceded by:
John V
Duke of Brittany Succeeded by:
Francis I
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