Hi there, here's my long overdue character application, please feel free to suggest amendments and I'll change it accordingly!First Name:
Louis (Jean Baptiste Leon)Last Name:
de la TremoillesTitle:
Cadinal-Bishop of Santa Clara Gender:
29 May 1457Place of Residence:
Dark BrownHair Length:
BlueOverall General Appearance:
Louis is of middling height and, unlike many ecclesiastics, does not tend to corpulence by maintaining a strenuous exercise regime. As a natural Frenchman, he has a flare for ostentation, and enjoys wearing jewels, as his wardrobe is limited to his clerical garb. He walks with a mild limp in his right leg, caused by an ill set broken bone as a child. He has a habit, when nervous, of drumming his fingers together.
Louis is ambitious - who at the Papal court is not? He is very much aware of his noble heritage and his inherent superiority as a Frenchman, coming from the greatest Kingdom in Christendom. He is a backstabber and a devoted political manipulator who is bent on taking control of the College of Cardinals so as to further his own aspirations to become Pope, to enrich himself and his family. He is also something of a miser, hoarding money from whatever sources he can, although he can spend liberally and in huge quantity when he thinks that the ends may justify the means. He is bookish and does not enjoy the more martial pursuits of hunting and riding. Flaws:
Avarice - it is unChristian, but Louis loves money and will extort it from whatever means necessary. Corrupt - he is not above taking bribes and 'gifts' for services. Envy - he hates seeing others do better than him.Secrets:
It would be a public relations scandal of great proportions if it was to be found out how many sinecures and simonious holdings and offices he has, drawing income from each. He also has a secret family with his long term mistress.Goals/Aspirations:
1. To hold office in the Papal Curia. 2. To become Pope.
Paternal - Louis (III) de la Tremoilles, Count of Savres; Maternal - Philippe de Blois, Viscount GranvellesGrandmothers:
Paternal - Marie de la Tour d'Auvergne; Maternal - Margaret von Solm (illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Lorraine)Father:
Louis (IV) de la Tremoilles, Count of SavresMother:
Margaret de BloisSiblings:
Philippe (b. 1450); Henri (b.1452-d.1452); Margaret (b.1452-d.1453); Charles (b.1455); Marie (b.1460-d.1463); Catherine (b.1462-1467)Mistress:
Louis (illegitimate, b. 1480); Catherine (illegitimate, b.1483-d.1483); Henri (illegitimate, b.1485-1486); Charles (illegitimate, b.1489), Louise (illegitimate, b.1491)
Character HistoryGeneral History:
Louis was born in 1457, at the castle of Savres in the Champagne region of France, as a younger son of the reigning Count of the area, Louis III. Louis' namesake father's family had initially served the Dukes of Burgundy and had fought with them against the French and then against the English after the Treaty of Arras. His father had then made the decision to abandon the Burgundians and took service in the court of Charles VII of France, who welcomed him as a body-knight and royal favourite. It was thanks to royal favour that he was able to secure the marriage to Louis' mother, Margaret of Blois, who was a substantial heiress in her own right, from her father's lands along the Somme river.
As a younger son, it was not expected that Louis would inherit and he had older brothers who would require their fair share of lands and patronage to get on in life. It was when his early tutors stated that he had an aptitude for letters that his father decided to dedicate Louis to God, in the benefit of all their Immortal Souls, and handed him over to the Church.
Louis was therefore sent to the monastery of Sainte-Germain for his further education. He tired of the all male, cloistered world and rejoiced when he was dispatched to study at the Sorbonne in Paris. Here he learnt the Trivium and Quadrivium, whilst also learning the pleasures of wine, women and money. Although he enjoyed a debauch, he also proved to be a capable scholar and won the patronage of the Bishop of Bourges, who was about to be dispatched the the Papal Curia by the King of France. The Bishop engaged Louis as his personal secretary and chaplain, with him taking Holy Orders before he left.
Louis' arrival in Italy was eye opening. He fell in love with the beauty of the land, with its women, its architecture and its politics. Here great men rose and fell, fortunes were made and lost. The Papal Court was no different! Here artists rubbed shoulders with princes, paupers, murderers, saints and sinners. Whilst in Rome, he impressed several of the French cardinals, including Cardinal Beauvais, who encouraged the Bishop of Bourges to release him from his service and he enterred that of the Cardinal. The Cardinal began Louis' simonious career by helping him be appointed as abbot in absentia of several rich Alpine monasteries and eventually the plum position as Bishop of Palermo. He never travelled to his See.
Through the Cardinal's graces, Louis engaged himself in the management of the Papal States, working in the offices of the Papal Chancellor, who dispatched him on several missions to towns in the Patrimony of Saint Peter. During one of these he met Caterina Livorno, the raven haired daughter of an osteller with whom he fell in love. Unable by his Holy Orders to make such love public, he conspired with her to spirit her to Rome, where he installed her as a 'maid' in his household, where in fact they lived in secret as man and wife - the union bearing several children whom Louis dotes on and for whom he desires glorious careers.
Upon the Cardinal Beauvais' death in 1487, Louis was able to use his family connection's at the French Court to encourage the French King, Louis XI, to petition for him to receive a Cardinal's Hat for France. With the liberal application of bribes to the Chancellor, the idea was given to the Pope with support and Louis was duly appointed as Cardinal Bishop of Santa Clara, which came with a rich string of benefices to support a lavish lifestyle. However, the French King demanded that Louis be 'his man' in the Curia, by way of repayment for the support he had given him.
Directly after his appointment as a Cardinal, Louis took his seat in the Papal Curia. His present employment is working under the Papal Chancellor, working in the office managing the Papal Lands in the Patrimony of Saint Peter. He hears appeals and cases brought by citizens of the land, as well as handling disputes concerning tax, military service and trade.
Louis, as a Frenchman, was not initially supportive of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI. France is the arch-nemesis of Spain, from which Borgia hails and which he pursues a policy in support of. The French King is keen to use Louis as a voice in the Curia to support French policies and, as such, he is pitted against his will in an anti-Spanish position.
However, during the election, Louis allowed himself to be swayed and vote for Borgia thanks to the liberal gifts which were bestowed on him for his vote. Here his personal corruption trumped his national pride. He continues to be supportive of the new Borgia Pope, so long as Alexander is liberal to him in gifts and favour. If Louis feels like these are threatened, he is not averse to shifting his support to the opposite camp. For now though, he may be accounted a Borgia supporter
The door is now open for Louis to push further for his own, and for his family's, glory.
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I am a historian, who specialises in 15th century Italy. I was also an extra in the Harry Potter films!How Did You Find Us:
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