Renaissance Women

Françoise de Dinan from her Book of Hours

Françoise de Dinan, Breton Heiress and Powerbroker

Countess Françoise de Dinan, Breton Heiress and Powerbroker was one of the most sought-after women in 15th Century Brittany. she is best known to history as gouvernante to Duchess Anne of Brittany. She was also highly educated, extremely rich, and a peer in Brittany in her own right. As the sole heir of the great

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Introducing Margaret of Austria: Marguerite of Austria Regent of the Netherlands

Introducing Margaret of Austria

A review of Rozsa Gaston’s Margaret of Austria Rozsa Gaston brings Archduchess Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands, to life in this fascinating biographical novel. We discover her as one of the most powerful women of early 16th Century Europe. The novel weaves between biography and fiction. Gaston fills it with fascinating historical fact

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Assassination of Duke Louis I d'Orleans

A Legacy Shaped by Women and Kings

In 16th century France, the d’Orléans family emerged from its enforced obscurity to take central stage. It owed its success to several remarkable women and lucky marriage alliances. From navigating political turmoil to promoting cultural and religious reform, the d’Orléans family played a pivotal role in shaping France during this tumultuous period. The kings, and

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Painting of Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, better known as Madame de Sévigné: French letter writing luminary

Madame de Sévigné: French Letter Writing Luminary

In an era when newspapers were still in their infancy, letters played an indispensable role in connecting minds and disseminating news. Madame de Sévigné, became one of the earliest of the French letter writing luminaries. She navigated the intricate web of court politics, fashion, and social dynamics, while penning her insights with eloquence and humor.

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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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Who Was Marguerite de Rohan?

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Table of contents When did Marguerite de Rohan live? Who were Marguerite’s brothers and sisters? Who was her husband, Count Jean d’Angoulême? Who were Marguerite and Jean’s children? Where Marguerite and Jean have their lands? Some sources for information about Marguerite de Rohan Marguerite de Rohan, Countess d’Angoulême was the

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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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Fascinating 8th-Century Heroines

Ready for some fascinating 8th-Century heroines? In Saxon Heroines: Women of Determination and Courage you will meet several active during the years from 624 to 706. The first character and narrator is Hildeburg, a princess of nine, unhappy that a new queen is about to replace the recently deceased aunt she loved. Women’s issues—girls as

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