Books in the Renaissance

The Women in The Importance of Pawns

Who are the real women behind the a bit about the novel and the truth about its four principal characters. Table of contents Importance of Pawns Plot Claude de France: Princess, Queen, Duchess of Brittany Renée de France, Duchess of Ferrara Michelle de Saubonne, Baronne de Soubise Countess Louise d’Angoulême, the Girls’ Guardian Importance of […]

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How Do You Know That Stuff? Using Google for Research

To people asking me, “How do you know that stuff?” I say using Google for research. How is that possible? Here are a few of my secrets. Most authors say that research is one of its joys. Also, one of its traps. Intriguing Plot Details Intriguing plot details are the content that persuade readers you

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Claude de France’s Prayer Book

Claude de France’s prayer book is an example of the exquisite manuscript art of the French Renaissance. This example demonstrates that Anne of Brittany passed on her passion for religion, beauty and books to her daughter Claude. Queen Anne, Duchess of Brittany bore her elder daughter, Claude de France, in October 1499, 10 months after

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Digitizing Manuscripts for the World

Making Manuscripts Available Worldwide By digitizing thousands of pre-16th century manuscripts, researchers around the world can now study where they are. What a blessing this is. For researchers. Also for their family and workplaces. For the preservation of the precious manuscripts. And to protect our even more precious world. [Not that travel isn’t worthwhile, but

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The Great Hours of Anne of Brittany

Queen Anne’s Library and Books of Hours Queen Anne’s library, duchess of Brittany, included several Books of Hours. France considers her Great Hours one of its national treasures. Master Jean Bourdichon, who painted it was one of the great painters of the early French Renaissance. Anne’s library is a famous collection. Some she inherited from her

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Anne of Brittany’s Influence on French Literature

Duchess Anne of Brittany’s influence as a patron played a critical role on early Renaissance French literature. She employed poets, writers and historians such as Jean Marot and Pierre Le Baud as secretaries, almoners and heralds. When her husbands went on campaign she sent them to describe their travels. The library she expanded at Blois

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