Thanks for resting your eyeballs here for a moment.(They are resting, right?) If you rest them a little longer, you may learn some interesting,(hopefully)entertaining, and, yes, ocassionally BIZARRE things about French Country life. (more…)
Time to get out your hankies as the French Country Travel LifeDoubleQueen – Part Three takes center stage. (earlier, but not fantastically happy events may be found in PART ONE and PART TWO.)
As my faithful will recall from previous spine tingling, on-the-edge-of-your-seat installments, Anne now seemed to be between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.”
Obliged to marry a King who was already married. However, like most Women of intelligence, Anne had a plan. It, like her previous decision to marry Charles, was a classic “no brainer.”
She agreed to marry Louis 12, if he could get his current marriage (to her former husbands sister no less!) annulled. Now, Today annulements are as common as experts on the internet. But in Anne’s time,( heavy Catholic vibes ) it was anything but a “slam dunk.”
Basically you needed to have a Pope in yer pocket. So – obviously Anne was banking on “no annulement = free, white and (already)21.”
But, when you’re a King, you don’t hang out the locals at the pub. And, sadly for Anne, Louis 12 DID have a Pope in his pocket. Alexander 6, who dissolved Louis’ marriage.
So, never one to cry in her beer, Anne accepted her fate.(another good decision) And, not letting Royal grass grow under her feet, Anne put on her travellin’ shoes….and headed back to her home turf(Brittany) to chill out and press the local flesh.
Marriage number three for the French Country Travel Life DoubleQueenwent down on January 8, 1499, with her new husband (wisely) confirming her right to to the title “Duchess of Brittany.” And, the resulting power to issue decisions in her name.
This was a biggie for Anne, as her “raison d’etre” was always to keep Brittany independant. To make sure it stayed “in the family, in true “arranged marriages be us” fashion, Anne hooked her daughter Claude up with Charles of Austria. To beef up the French connection in the Franco-Italian war.
But when hubby Louis got the vibe that no male heir would be forthcoming from his lovely queen, he broke off the marriage and arranged his own royal love fest. Hitching Claude up with the heir to the French Throne, Francis of Angouleme. This, as you would expect, did not get Anne’s seal of approval.
But, sadly, time, and luck were both running out for Anne. In spite of her relatively young age, she had been pregnant a total of 14 times by two Kings.(even I can do the math here) Only three Children survived. Only Two made it to adulthood.
Renee, who by marriage became the Duchess of Chartes, after marrying the Duke of Ferrara. And Claude, who inherited her Mother’s title of Duchess of Brittany, and became Queen of France by her marriage to Francis.
Which meant, you guessed it, Brittany became a French possession.
DA BG’s faithful, who’ve read PART ONE of the fantabulous Story of the French Country Travel Life Double Queen will remember that she made the wise (and possibly only decision) to marry the guy that had just conquered her country. He being Charles 8.
This union, for all it’s elaborate pomp and ceremony (and isn’t that the best kind?) was not a bed of roses for the young Queen.
Speaking of beds, she brought two with her as she was “installed” in the Kingly chateau of Langeais. Underscoring the fact that King and Queen in those days, were pretty much that era’s Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
And, as you would expect, said King was often away on noble missions of conquering, capturing and enslaving. Which meant that even if one or both Royal personages were, shall we say – “hot to trot”….it just wasn’t in the cards.
What was in the cards for Anne – as, again you might expect, was producing a male heir. A princely one, who would someday become a kingly one. Thus ensuring that conquering, capturing and enslaving could continue.
Sadly, in this Royal Duty, Anne gets a big “F” in the heir-producing sweepstakes.
Of her four children, only one lived. And only for three years. Felled by a virulent virus prevalent then. To which children were particularly susceptible. Measles.
When Charles died in 1498, Anne was 21 years old. And legally obliged, by the terms of her marriage contract with Charles, to marry the New King, Louis 12. One small roadblock. Louis was already married.
Did this leave Anne “free, white and (obviously) 21?”
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exactly larry. sorry - i should have been clearer. happily - you were! cal worthington | 18Dec14 | More
cal..by "very very big"...do you mean it has greater importance than in the usa? larry croman | 18Dec14 | More
ok folks..getting back to barry's original question..altho i'm the first to admit i'm no french expert....after two visits there..i think … cal worthington | 18Dec14 | More
no jack.....i just enjoy "nit picking" dani ashford | 18Dec14 | More
dani....thanks for correcting my horrible mistake...(btw - are you an english teacher?) jack robbins | 18Dec14 | More
jack.....not to nit pick..but...that would be "geni" dani ashford | 18Dec14 | More
good point barry!.....any genuis' out there? jack robbins | 18Dec14 | More
wondering how much difference there is in terms of the extent of family celebrations at a french christmas. barry mcmaster | 18Dec14 | More
three videos are not necessary better than one....but they sure put you in the french christmas spirit! all the best … tad sample | 18Dec14 | More
we've really cooked up my kind of(internet) christmas pudding BG; YUM!! lani marshall | 18Dec14 | More