French Royalty - Valois
Claude of France (1499 - 1524) - princess queen consort of France ruling Duchess of Brittany. Spouse of Francis I of France, mother of Henry II, grandmother of the last three kings of the Valois line. Two of Claude's ladies-in-waiting were the English sisters Mary Anne Boleyn, another was Diane de Poitiers. Mary became the king's mistress. Anne Boleyn eventually became Queen of England. Diane de Poitiers inspired the School of Fontainebleau was the lifelong mistress of Henri II.
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Francis I (French: François Ier) (Born 12 September 1494 – Died 31 March 1547) was King of France from 1515 until his death. During his reign, huge cultural changes took place in France and he has been called France's original Renaissance monarch. A great personal rivalry existed between Francis and Henry VIII.
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Francis II (age 15) with his wife Mary, Queen of Scots (age 17) in 1559.
Catherine (1519-1589) was an heiress of the infamous Medici dynasty of Florence, and married Henri in 1533. They were crowned king and queen of France in 1547. In 1559, her husband died and Catherine began her singular odyssey as the central power in France. She was the mother of the last three Valois kings, Francois II (who wed Mary, queen of Scots), Charles IX, and Henri III.
The infamous Catherine de Medici.
Henry II, King of France, to Francis I of France and his Queen consort, Claude, Duchess of Brittany. Born March 31, 1519. Died July 10, 1559. He married Catherine de'Medici and had issue. He died at the age of forty after a jousting accident.
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Queen Claude of France, wife of Francis 1st. Born 13th October 1499, died 20th July 1524. After leaving Mechelen in Belgium, Anne Boleyn travelled to France where she spent her teenage years as Maid of Honour to Queen Claude. They resided mainly at the chateau of Amboise in the Loire Valley.
Charles IX (27 June 1550 – 30 May 1574) was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1560 until his death. He ascended the throne of France upon the death of his brother Francis II.
God save the queen! And her nipples! The person most credited with popularizing female nipple piercing is Isabella of Bavaria, Queen of France, who reigned in the 14th Century. Queen Isabella, King Charles VI's wife; 1369-1435
Richard II greets his young bride, Isabelle of Valois. Isabella of France (1389 – 1409) was Queen consort of England as the second spouse of King Richard II. Her parents were King Charles VI of France and Isabeau of Bavaria. Her younger sister, Catherine of Valois, was Queen consort of England from 1420–1422, as the wife of King Henry V of England and mother of Henry VI, King of England.
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"The Royal Window in the choir of Évreux Cathedral is outstanding representative of the International (or Soft) Gothic style, developed by 1400. The donation by Charles VI was probably commissioned from a workshop in Paris. The king occupies the centre of the four-panel window. Shown kneeling in a small vaulted space, he turns, with St Denis near by, toward the Virgin. The artistic virtuosity and lavishness of these panels exceed everything that is known elsewhere in France from this period."
21 May 1420 - The Treaty of Troyes was an agreement that Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France. It was signed in the French city of Troyes on 21 May 1420 in the aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt. It forms a part of the backdrop of the latter phase of the Hundred Years' War, in which various English Kings tried to establish their claims to the French throne.
Odette de Champdivers (b. about 1390, d. after 1424) was the mistress of Charles VI of France (the Mad) and previously his brother, the Duke of Orléans. She was called la petite reine ("the little queen") by Charles. She was about seventeen years old. Queen Isabeau, the victim of beatings and abuse from her violent, schizophrenic husband, allowed Odette to substitute for her without difficulty. She herself arranged for Odette to take her place in the mentally ill king's bed
Margaret of Anjou was born on 23 Mar 1429 in the province of Lorraine. She was the daughter of René Duke of Anjou and neice of Charles VII. Margaret spent her early years in the Rhone Valley & in Naples where she was given a full education by her mother & the scholar Antoine de la Salle. In 1444 England made peace w/ France & Margaret was betrothed to King Henry VI, they married in April of 1445. The marriage was unpopular, Margaret being French, & became more so with time as no heirs were born.
Charles VII (22 February 1403 – 22 July 1461), called the Victorious (French: le Victorieux) or the Well-Served (French: le Bien-Servi), was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1422 to his death, although his legitimacy was initially contested by Henry VI of England.
Charles V (1338 – 1380), called the Wise, ruled as King of France from 1364. In 1349, as a young prince, Charles received from his grandfather King Philip VI the province of Dauphiné to rule. This allowed him to bear the title "Dauphin" til his coronation, which saw the integration of the Dauphiné into the crown lands of France. From this date, all heirs apparent of France bore the title of Dauphin til their coronation.
Curious History, Curious History: Charles VI - The “Mad” King of France (1368-1422) Charles VI of France became King at the age of 12. In 1385, the Bavarian Princess Isabeau had been sent to France to become his bride. In April 1392 Charles suffered from a mysterious illness and it was at this point when people began to notice a sharp change in his behavior.
Charles VII, the Victorious (1403 - 1461). King of France from 1422 to 1461. He married Marie of Anjou and had six children. He had to fight to English to reclaim his throne, and his was finally crowned king in 1429. He was aided by Joan of Arc, and he owed her most of his success. When the English capture her he did nothing to save her, even when they tried her for witchcraft and burned her.
Philip VI (1293 – 22 August 1350), known as the Fortunate and of Valois, was the King of France from 1328 to his death. He was also Count of Anjou, Maine, and Valois from 1325 to 1328. A member of the Capetian dynasty, he was the son of Charles of Valois (who was the brother of King Charles IV's father Philip IV) and the first King of France from the House of Valois.