Catégorie Marie de Guise

L’enigme de la croix de cristal de Reims

Un jour, ou peut-être une nuit, profitant probablement du chaos créé par le bombardement de la cathédrale de Reims en septembre 1914, un inconnu enlevait une croix en cristal de roche du trésor de la cathédrale de Reims. Le vol de cette croix, une œuvre précieuse datant du XVIe siècle, fut perpétré « sans doute avant […]

Le premier colloque français sur Marie de Lorraine-Guise à Bar-le-Duc

500 ans après la naissance de Marie de Lorraine à Bar, aujourd’hui Bar-le-Duc en Lorraine, la capitale du Barrois se souvient à son tour de la fille aînée des Guise. Début juillet 2015, l’association régionale Sauvegarde du patrimoine l’avait honoré par une fête Renaissance à Joinville, lieu de son enfance. Le 9 octobre 2015, Bar-le-Duc accueilit […]

June 1538: Marie de Guise discovers Scottish fashion

After an exhausting sea crossing from France, Marie arrived on a sandy beach on the Scottish East coast near Crail. She was accompanied by the duke of Guise her father, her sister Louise, her ladies in waiting and many Frenchmen. All disembarked the galleys and moved towards castle Balcomie, probably passing fishermen, villagers and townspeople. […]

‘And Yet It Stands’. Mary of Guise’s emblem pictured by Scottish artist Iona Leishman

ADHUC STAT – ‘And yet it stands’ – was the motto of Marie de Guise‘s personal emblem, accompanied by the pictura or image representing, according to French historian Gabriel de Pimodan, a crown set above a rock beaten by winds and waves. It is also the title of this summer’s exhibition of new paintings from […]

Les Écossais de la Haute-Marne du XIVe au XVIe siècle

La Vieille Alliance entre la France et l’Écosse a laissé des traces généalogiques dans plusieurs régions françaises. L’Est – la Champagne, la Lorraine et la Bourgogne – reste peu exploré dans ce sens, et les archives du département de la Haute Marne ne font pas exception. Catherine Piat-Marchand, qui a commencé la généalogie en 2010, travaille […]

Une nouvelle « biographie » sur Marie de Guise en 2016

22 May 1540: A prince is born to Scotland

In early May 1540, king James V decided to move the Scottish Court to the palace of St. Andrews. Queen Marie, who was heavily pregnant, was lodged with her ladies in confortable chambers containing two beds, one hung with curtains of white damask fringed with white silk, and the second with curtains of yellow damask […]

Philippa of Guelders, Marie of Guise’s prickly grandmother

Much like her granddaughter Marie of Lorraine-Guise, Philippa of Guelders did not receive much attention from French historians. Only the final part of her life, spent in a convent at Pont-à-Mousson in the Lorraine region, inspired some rare biographers. The first was Hilarion de Coste (1595-1661), member of the Order of the Minimes de Saint […]

Modern scholarship on Mary of Guise

Throughout the Middle Ages into the sixteenth century, France and Scotland were closely allied under the banner of « my enemies’ enemy is my friend », and both were enemies of England. Mary, a woman from the powerful Guise family in France, became queen consort of Scotland when she married James V, and was the mother to […]

Mary of Guise’s Coat of Arms

The Mary of Guise-Lorraine article from this blog, recently republished on Celebrate Scotland, features amongst its illustrations the Queen regent’s Coat of Arms on stained glass. These Arms are situated in the middle window in the south wall of the Magdalen Chapel in Edinburgh. The Magdalen Chapel website states that it « was built [more likely […]