16th Century Women

Le Château des Ducs de Bretagnes à Nantes

Anne of Brittany among the Chateaux of Brittany and France

As befitted her role as Queen of France, Anne of Brittany passed her life travelling among the royal chateaux of Brittany and France. It could easily not have happened. When her father died shortly after the disastrous the battle of St. Aubin de Cormier in July 1488, Anne was not yet 12. She became ruler […]

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Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, Queen of France

“She scarcely appeared to be sensitive to the glare of her happiness. Henri was shocked by this prodigious indifference.” Written by the contemporary historian Fontanieu Louise de Lorraine-Vaudemont, Queen of France was the wife of King Henry III. He married her because she reminded him of his first love. She was shy and retiring which

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