2 Aug: Don’t Mess With Jeanne

Olivier Clisson III was beheaded for treason on 2nd August, 1343 – an event which triggered his wife Jeanne to violently avenge his death for years: a brutal killing spree that earned her the nickname ‘The Lioness of Brittany’.

Despite being a fortysomething mother of two, she fitted out three warships with black paint and red sails, and targeted defenseless French merchant ships with her fearsome ‘Black Fleet’.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly reveal how to storm a French castle – via the front door; tell how Jeanne changed gear for her last chapter, with an English husband and a chateau; and consider whether taking two young kids to see the beheaded corpse of their father is, um, questionable parenting… 

Further Reading:

• ‘1343: Olivier III de Clisson, husband of the Lioness of Brittany’ (Executed Today, 2008): https://www.executedtoday.com/2008/08/02/1343-olivier-iii-de-clisson-husband-of-the-lioness-of-brittany/

• ‘Vengeful Facts About Jeanne De Clisson, “The Lioness Of Brittany”’ (Factinate): https://www.factinate.com/people/34-vengeful-facts-about-jeanne-de-clisson-the-lioness-of-brittany/

• ‘These Were The Most Notorious Female Pirates In History’ (Grunge):