Initially, and for 10 years, the Dauphin set himself up in Berry (Bourges, Bois-Sire-Amé and Mehun-sur-Yèvre). Later, for security reasons, he would move closer to Touraine. For the next 10 years, he resided alternately at Amboise, Chinon, Montrichard, Loches, Preuilly, Razilly, Champigny-sur-Veude, Le Riveau, Saint-Aignan and Montil-lès-Tours. He also went to Blois and Orléans.

From 1420 to 1429, the King took short journeys beyond his lands of Touraine, Berry and Poitou. Only three of his longer journeys are noteworthy: Lyon (January 1422); La Rochelle (September-October 1422) and Auvergne (November 1424-January 1425). In the summer of 1429, he travelled to Reims and Saint-Denis for his coronation. In 1437 and 1441, he passed through Île-de-France but did not stay there. The distance Charles VII maintained between himself and the capital of his kingdom (with the exception of an entry in 1437) gave rise to recriminations from the Bourgeois of Paris who blamed their hard times on the King’s absence.


Martial d’Auvergne, “An audience with Charles VII”, Vigils of Charles VII, 1484-1485, French 5054, folio 13. © BnF.