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Diane de Poitiers: Big Stars on the Small Screen

Fans of sixteenth century France, rejoice! A new miniseries about Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of King Henri II, is currently under production for France 2. Filmed on location at the Château de Septmonts near Soissons and various châteaux of the...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 6 Oct 2021

Why Read Historical Fiction Set in Sixteenth Century France? Reason #3

Still looking for reasons to read or write historical fiction set in Renaissance France? Here's one sure to convince you.Reason #3: DRAMAThere's something about Renaissance dynasty dramas that strongly appeals to modern television audiences. From 2007-2010,...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 28 Sep 2020

Seven Charges made against Marie Antoinette

Many people use Yahoo Questions and sometimes some pretty funny ones will pop up during searches. I stumbled on my amazingly relevant Yahoo Question of the Day recently, "What was the deal with Marie Antoinette?"So the asking party really was wondering...

Royal Frolics: Choosing the "Queen of the Bean" at Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany occasioned much merriment--and expense--at the French court during the Renaissance. The tradition of sharing a galette des rois--a cake containing a concealed bean--traces back to early sixteenth century celebrations of...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 6 Jan 2017

The Death of Francois II of France

On 5 December 1560, King Francois II of France died at the age of sixteen years old in Orleans. His reign had lasted merely sixteen months, having succeeded his father, Henri II, on 10 July 1559. Francois' health had deteriorated rapidly in the autumn...
From: Conor Byrne on 5 Dec 2016

Feelings for Powerful Women

Catherine de Medici, as depicted in Sid Meier’s ‘Civilization VI’.By Susan Broomhall, The University of Western Australia The makers of the next instalment of Sid Meier’s strategy game, Civilization VI have just announced the debut...
From: Histories of Emotion on 29 Jul 2016

Interview: Sophie Perinot, author of MÉDICIS DAUGHTER

Today I welcome Sophie Perinot, whose novel MÉDICIS DAUGHTER has just been published by St. Martin's Press. The novel (which I reviewed yesterday) recounts the story of Marguerite, the Valois princess who comes of age during the turmoil of the...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 9 Dec 2015

Review: MÉDICIS DAUGHTER by Sophie Perinot

It’s about time! Time to give the Tudors some competition. Time to show that the history of sixteenth century France is just as, if not more, gripping than that of Henry’s and Elizabeth’s England. Time to bring to vivid life the historical...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 8 Dec 2015

Dowager Queen of France, Mary Queen of Scots

With the death of her husband, Francis II, on December 5, 1560, Mary, the Queen of Scotland entered a period of mourning and seclusion--just in case she was pregnant with her late husband's heir. As this website points out, however, that was as unlikely...

The Poet and the Priory

The Prieré Saint-Cosme. Photo credit: sybarite48As announced on the website My-Loire-Valley.com, the Prieuré Saint-Cosme, home of the poet Pierre de Ronsard from 1565 to 1585, has reopened after several months of renovations and archeological work....
From: Writing the Renaissance on 20 Feb 2015

December 5: Death of a King

On this day in 1560, King François II died at the young age of sixteen. François was the eldest son of Henri II and Catherine de Medici (and therefore grandson of his namesake, François I). He had become king only the year before, when his father Henri...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 5 Dec 2014

Interview with C.W. Gortner, author of THE TUDOR VENDETTA

Yesterday I reviewed C.W. Gortner's newest novel, THE TUDOR VENDETTA. Today, C.W. answers some questions about the novel and his other works.Welcome, Christopher! Congratulations on penning this most satisfying ending to your three-book Spymaster Chronicles...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 30 Oct 2014

Elisabeth de Valois, Queen of Spain

Élisabeth de Valois, de la Cruz, 1605. Photo: Prado, Madrid. I love this portrait, it’s so stately and yet melancholy at the same time, isn’t it. Which I suppose is hardly surprising as the subject didn’t exactly have the most cheery...
From: Madame Guillotine on 2 Apr 2014

Silk and Spectacles in the Place des Vosges

photo: AINo Place des Vosges, the centerpiece of the Marais district on the Right Bank of the Seine, was one of the few architectural undertakings of King Henri IV, who ascended to the throne in 1589 and eventually brought an end to France's religious...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 18 Feb 2013

A New Year's Tradition: Les Étrennes

photo credit: arias.com It has long been a tradition in France to give gifts on New Year's Day. The word étrennes (as opposed to the more generic cadeaux) refers specifically to these New Year's gifts, now usually given as signs of...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 1 Jan 2013

The marriage of Reine Margot

Marguerite de Valois, painted by Clouet in 1560. Photo: Musée Condé, Chantilly. Monday, 18th August 1572 was an oppressively hot and sultry summer day in the French capital. Usually Parisians would be keen to stay indoors out of the sunshine but on...
From: Madame Guillotine on 18 Aug 2012

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