The eldest son of the late Sir Henri "le blanc" de
Normandie and his wife, Louise. His father, Henri, earned the
name Leblanc from his reputation for a pure, unblemished soul.
He was a fixture at the court in Paris to Charles V, whom he served
faithfully and with great distinction. He would continue this
devoted service when a young Charles VI ascended to the throne,
beset by enemies who would become the power behind the boy-king.
In 1382, Pierre arrived in Paris as a squire to His Majesty,
much to Henri's pleasure. These years were difficult for Pierre--his
father's blind good nature made him few friends in a court not
known for its piety--but he gained a realist's view of how the
court operated that his father would never share. He worked hard
at his training, but he was by nature weaker than most of the
other boys, and so he struggled.
On July 1st, 1392 his father was murdered. Pierre was eighteen
and inherited his father's estates, diminished though they had
been over the last decade, and the name "Leblanc". His
father's murder went unavenged and that would shape much of what
he would do as the years moved on.