Women of the French Renaissance

Louise de Savoie, Duchess of Angoulême

Countess Louise, Astrology, & January 1

What do Countess Louise, Astrology, and January 1 have in common? Readers of the Journal de Louise de Savoye, duchesse d’Angoulesme, d’Anjou et de Valois will know the answer. For the rest of you, let me explain. Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Three crucial events In the 20 years between 1496 to 1515, three crucial […]

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Clothing French Renaissance Noblewomen

What clothing did French Renaissance Noblewomen wear? As a writer, I ask myself this question each time I need to describe a woman. I focus on noblewomen because courts set the fashion. People of every class copied the one above it as closely as their finances allowed. Styles varied from one country to another and from

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The Women of 16th-Century France: Fact and Fiction

I began this website with facts not fiction about the women of 16th Century France. It was too limiting. , I posted historical content about the women I was fictionalizing. It was too limiting. Now my site is more eclectic. I have lots about my fiction, the blog posts with historical content about the women

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The Story Behind The Importance of Pawns or How I Developed My Debut Novel

This post was originally published on Ruins & Reading. The story behind The Importance of Pawns or how I developed my debut novel is long and tortuous. Yet you could not have asked about a topic closer to my heart. Historical fiction has been my favourite genre since I learned to read at five. At

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A Brief History of Princess Renée de France: Staunch Huguenot

You’ll find my brief history of the life of Princess Renée de France, a stanch Huguenot, at The Freelance History Writer. I recently wrote a guest blog post there to celebrate the launch of my novel The Importance of Pawns. In the post, I give an overview of the tumultuous life that Princess Renée lived.

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Blog Tour with The Importance of Pawns

For 10 weeks, in 2021, from March 15 to May 17, the first published book in my series on Anne of Brittany, The Importance of Pawns, went on Tour with the Coffee Pot Book Club. Here are links to each of the blogs that posted different articles about my book. I thank all of them

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The Importance of Pawns

Who were the women of The Importance of Pawns?

Who are the four women in The Importance of Pawns who dominate the action? At the centre of the plots are Princess Claude and Princess Renée of France, the elder and younger daughters of the French King and Queen. The third, Baronne Michelle de Soubise, Renée’s Gouvernante*, fights to shield herself and the two daughters

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Why THREE Marguerites de Valois?

Why did three royal princesses bear the name Marguerite de Valois between 1495 and 1615? It makes it so complicated to separate them. Their contemporaries must have muttered over the same problem. Each made a name for herself during her lifetime. Since each is an important French Renaissance women, they each merit a separate article.

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Queen Claude de France

Queen Claude’s Three Short-Lived Daughters

It doesn’t take long to tell the story of Queen Claude’s three short-lived daughters, Louise, Charlotte, and Madeleine. It is sadly true, though, that until recently little information is available about the lives of young female children as this brief entry illustrates. Marguerite, the fourth and youngest, was the only one who lived long enough

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Who Was Queen Claude de France?

Who was Queen Claude de France ? First, she was daughter of Queen Anne and King Louis XII of France. Next, she was Duchess of Brittany in her own right. Third, she married François I, possibly France’s most well-known king. Yet she is practically unknown. And she remains for many either a cypher or an

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Did Louise de Savoie Rule for King François 1?

As a dominating mother, did Louise de Savoie rule for King François I? She played a powerful political domestic and international political role in his Council. Twice she acted for him as Regent. Many say Louise de Savoie was the ruling force behind King François’s government until her death in 1531. Louise’s Early Life In

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