Bal des Ardents

The Bal des Ardents depictit in a 15t-century miniature frae Froissart's Chronicles. The Duchess o Berry hauds her blue skirts ower a barely veesible Charles VI o Fraunce as the dancers teir at thair birnin costumes. Ane dancer haes leapt intae the wine fat; in the gallery abuin, muisickers conteena tae play.

The Bal des Ardents (Ball o the Birnin Men[1]) or Bal des Sauvages[2] (Ball o the Wild Men) wis a masquerade ball[note 1] held on 28 January 1393 in Paris at which Charles VI o Fraunce performed in a dance wi five members o the French nobility. Fower o the dancers war killt in a fire caused bi a torch brocht in bi a spectator, Charles's brither Louis, Duke o Orléans. Charles an anither o the dancers survived.


  1. Soorces vary whither the event was a masquerade or a masque.


  1. Tuchman (1979), 503–505
  2. Veenstra (1997), 89–91
  • Tuchman, Barbara. (1978). A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. New York: Ballantine. ISBN 978-0-345-34957-6
  • Veenstra, Jan R. and Laurens Pignon. (1997). Magic and Divination at the Courts of Burgundy and France. New York: Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-10925-4