Granted a divorce in 1599, Margot Valois, the now former Queen of France could almost taste her impending freedom. Still, she had to wait a few months before acting on her impulse to hurry back to the excitement of Paris. Henry wrote to her after the divorce was ratified by the Parlement of Paris, sating:
Anne of Brittany continues to be a romantic figure in French history, and part of that romantic image is her cultivation of poets and artists at the royal court. Her son in law, Francis I may receive more credit of the literary growth of Renaissance France, but Anne deserves her share of recognition as a
I have to confess, when I first encountered this idea in Reign I thought it was a salacious point and an excuse to cover up lazy writing. When I encountered the real version of the tradition in a monograph by Robert J. Knecht, I had a hard time believing it was real. The court celebrated
France’s miserable relations with Protestant dissenters wasn’t limited to those who followed John Calvin. In the 1540s, another sect of Protestants known as the Vaudois started to become a thorn in Francis I’s side. The Vaudois were concentrated in the south, mostly in Provence and Piedmont. The group was composed mostly of peasants, as opposed
The third and final division of the King of France’s household was that of the Chapelle, or chapel. For a man who held a mystical position in concert with the Catholic church, the chapel was an integral part of his royal duties. The men assigned to the chapel looked after the king’s spiritual needs. Like
Today we’re continuing to look at the organization of the King’s household during the Renaissance. If you’re looking for the strictly codified world of Versailles, you’re at least a century too early. The royal household of the Renaissance was scandalously known to be overly-familiar. In fact, many foreign diplomats wrote home, sneering at how accessible
The King of France required several people to help run his household. By the 15th century, the French King was struggling to keep up with the Ducs of Burgundy, but by the time Francis I took the French throne, the King’s household started to balloon to reflect the growing prestige of the French crown. By
I’m headed cross-country to Hawaii today. Should be back just before Christmas Eve. If you don’t see me after then, I’m trapped in the Newark airport.
Portraits assumed to be of Renee de Rieux. Marie, Princesse de Conde was not the first woman to inspire a fit of passion in Henry III. Before the two met, Henri had an affair with Renee de Rieux, who would go on to become infamous at his court. Renee’s father left a successful career
The hardest part of writing about the court of the 16th century is the simple fact that it was not the court of the 17th and 18th centuries. When we think of French court, images of what things were like at Versailles come to mind. When the Valois were on the throne, things were different.