Archives de Tag: 16th century

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. […]

« 1515: Marignan! » – François Ier secoue la Bibliothèque Nationale

Cette grande exposition du printemps 2015 à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France à Paris s’annonce iconoclaste, et ça fait du bien. Le roi François Ier retrouvera enfin son époque, le Seizième siècle, débarrassé de 500 ans de broderies historisantes. Car la BnF, vénérable institution française, veut « revenir à la source des représentations de ce roi […]

Marie of Guise, Queen of Scotland

Originally posted on The Freelance History Writer:
Marie of Guise, c. 1537, by Corneille de Lyon Marie of Guise was born on November 22, 1515 in the castle of Bar-le-Duc in northeast France. Her father was Claude, Duke of Guise and her mother was Antoinette of Bourbon. The Guises were one of the most powerful…

16th century cloaks: Lord Seton’s red golden ‘mante’

George Seton was born in 1531 in Tranent, East Lothian. The Latin inscription from the wall of the Seton Collegiate Church in the Lothians states, that George had been living in France as a boy. After his father’s death in 1549, he returned to Scotland to become 5th Lord Seton. Soon afterwards, he was appointed […]

Mary and Darnley, the beautiful doomed couple

Like the J.F. Kennedy murder fifty years ago, we might never know with certainty who killed Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, near Kirk o’Field house in Edinburgh in 1567. The latest exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, dedicated to the infortunate queen, didn’t bring […]

Charles de Lorraine, le cardinal bibliophile

Charles de Lorraine, second fils de la maison de Guise, depuis la mort de son oncle Jean en 1550 cardinal de Lorraine, commandait et collectionnait les ouvrages de prestige. De grands noms de la reliure, de l’enluminure et de la calligraphie travaillèrent pour lui. Plusieurs exemplaires somptueux de cet ensemble éclectique sont visibles dans une […]

Marie Stuart à Edimbourg (exposition au NMS en 2013)

On ne présente plus Marie Stuart, le monde entier la connaît. Vraiment ? Voici une belle occasion de se faire sa propre idée à propos de cette reine d’Écosse et de France, au moins aussi controversée que Marie-Antoinette. Les deux reines, adorées autant que détestées, soumises sans cesse aux regards et aux jugements de leurs […]