Catégorie Marie de Guise

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 […]

Rencontres avec Marie de Guise en 2015

En attendant le 500e anniversaire de Marie de Lorraine-Guise, plusieurs manifestations rappellent son existence et son importance historique à ce pays où elle est né en novembre 1515, mais qui l’a oubliée. Début juillet 2015, une fête Marie de Guise a eu lieu à Joinville en Haute-Marne, où se trouvait jusqu’à la fin du 18e siècle […]

1683 : Rediscovery of the tombs of James V Stuart and his two sons by Mary of Guise

When I was visiting the ruins of Holyrood Abbey some years ago, in search of Renaissance tombstones or effigies (one can always dream), I stumbled upon this simple plaque. This was it then, the end of all my marble hopes. The tombs of king James V Stuart, of little James and Robert, his two sons by […]