I’ve been researching in the past few months, trying to find a historical context fitted for my character, Elizabeth. It took me a really long time to find her a family. I searched throughout the 14th, 15th and 16th century, through different countries and countless noble families trying to find a place for her. I tried making her the daughter of a king, the daughter of a pope, until I finally found the perfect time and place for her. She is the daughter of Philip the Good.
I made a family tree for her. This is how it goes:
John II of France, from house of Valois had 7 children including Charles V of France and Philip the Bold. So Charles V of France and Philip the Bold were brothers. Charles V had a son, called Charles VI of France. Philip the Bold was Charles VI’s uncle. Philip the Bold had a son too, John the Fearless. Charles V was John’s uncle, and Charles VI was John’s cousin. So Charles VI of France and John the Fearless were cousins. Charles VI had many children including Michelle Valois, Catherine Valois and Louis, the Dauphin. John the Fearless had 7 daughters and 1 son, Philip the Good. The two cousins, Charles VI of France and John the Fearless, decided to marry their children together. John married one of his daughters, Margaret, to Charles VI’s son Louis, the Dauphin. In exchange, Charles VI’s daughter, Michelle Valois married John’s only son, Philip the Good. Philip and Michelle had 1 child, Elizabeth of Burgundy. So Elizabeth’s grandfathers, Charles VI of France and John the Fearless were cousins. Charles VI of France was Elizabeth’s grandfather and Catherine Valois was Elizabeth’s aunt. Catherine Valois married Henry V of England, from house Lancaster, making the king of England Elizabeth’s uncle. Catherine and Henry V had 1 son, Henry VI, who was Elizabeth’s cousin – he was the son of her mother’s sister. Also, Philip the Good’s sister, Anne of Burgundy, who was Elizabeth’s aunt, married John Lancaster, who was Henry V’s brother, making John Lancaster Elizabeth’s uncle. So Elizabeth descends from the house of Valois, the royal family of France from her mother’s part and the royal family of Burgundy from her father’s part, she’s also related to house Lancaster, the royal family of England, since her mother’s sister – Catherine Valois – married Henry V of England, and her father’s sister – Anne of Burgundy – married Henry’s brother.
In reality Michelle Valois and Philip the Good had no surviving children. Elizabeth of Burgundy is a fictional character. All the rest is real. Elizabeth of Burgundy is the main character of our web comic, Solstice.
As I said, I’ve been researching for this for a long time, trying to find a good historical context for Elizabeth. I haven’t started drawing anything yet, so I can’t say I started working on the actual web comic yet, however I’ve been working on the plot and story and hopefully I’ll start drawing soon enough.