他是奧爾良第二王朝的公爵（Duke of Orleans）查理一世Charles，結過三次婚，而故事就發生在第二次婚姻時。婚後查理在阿金庫爾戰役中被俘虜到英國，開始了人質生活；被逼與其他貴族居住在一個見也沒見過的地方，可憐的他一囚就是25年。
身在曹營心在漢，查理則是身在倫敦塔，心在妻子。囚禁期間的空閒讓他得以追求他的文學興趣，寫下了大部份（總共約500首）英文和法文的詩歌，包括60首情詩。“A Farewell to Love”就被認為是現存最早的情詩。
I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine, Since for me you were born too late, And I for you was born too soon. God forgives him who has estranged Me from you for the whole year. I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine.
Well might I have suspected That such a destiny, Thus would have happened this day, How much that Love would have commanded. I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine. —《A Farewell to Love》英文版本