By Patrick Sénécal
Il était une fois... Alice, une jeune fille curieuse, délurée, fonceuse et intelligente de Brossard. À dix-huit ans, poussée par son besoin d'affirmation de soi, elle décide qu'il est temps de quitter le cégep et le cocon familial pour aller vivre sa vie là où tout est attainable, c'est-à-dire dans los angeles métropole. À los angeles suite d'une rencontre fortuite dans le métro, Alice aboutit dans un quartier dont elle n'a jamais entendu parler et où les gens sont extrêmement bizarres. Mais c'est general, non ? Elle est à Montréal et dans toute grande ville qui se respecte, il y a plein d'excentriques, comme Charles ou Verrue, d'illuminés, comme Andromaque ou Chess, et d'êtres encore plus inquiétants, comme Bone et Chair… Alice s'installe donc et mord à pleines dents dans l. a. vie, prête à tout pour se tailler une position. Or, elle ne peut savoir que là où elle a élu home, l'expression être « prêt à tout » revêt un sens très particulier…
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165–9. 45 Lecoy de la Marche, René, 1, pp. 72–6, 2, Itineraries, pp. 438–9. These show him to have been in Pont on 15 June 1429 and in Bar on 21 November 1430, his movements between those dates are uncertain: Monstrelet does not mention him as one of those present at the coronation at Reims; Chartier states that he arrived at Reims the day before the coronation, 1, p. 97; Bouvier says that he came to Charles VII and the Maid at Senlis after the coronation, p. 140; Contamine does not mention his presence at Reims, ‘Les Pairs de France au Sacre des Rois (xv e): Nature et Portée d’un programme iconographique’, in De Jeanne d’Arc, pp.
There is evidence that, whilst he raised taxes to ﬁnance the last phases of the Hundred Years War and his own dynastic ambitions, he did his best to protect his subjects from unreasonable exactions. In 1450 at Tours, for example, he begged Charles VII of France to reduce his demands on Anjou and Maine because the war had caused them terrible suffering. René offered to waive his own rights to the half of the taille77 in return for a reciprocal reduction by Charles. René also asked him to alleviate the burden of the tax on wine, the principal source of income in the duchy.
René, however, and his young nobles were eager for a ﬁght when the armies met on 2 July near Bulgnéville. Duke René had been wounded in the course of his calamitous defeat and was taken prisoner by a humble squire who handed him over to Vaudemont, but the count was forced to give him up to the Burgundians. René was valuable not just for the prospect of a large ransom but also as a bargaining counter with duke Philip’s enemy Charles VII. 55 Contemporary chroniclers were unwilling to criticise René directly for the defeat, after all, when they were writing, he bore a kingly title and was a great French prince of the blood.