Archives de Tag: queen

Princess Magdalena of Valois, king James V Stewart’s first wife

In the first half of the 16th century, France and Scotland were not only bound together by the Auld Alliance, a treaty of mutual military assistance between the two kingdoms dating at least from the 13th century. France then hosted many Scots : merchants and sailors living in the cities of Rouen and Dieppe, soldiers […]

Portraits of James V of Scotland and the celebration of dynasty

« There is evidence to suggest that the Stewart kings were keenly aware of the need both to circulate an official likeness and to assemble a gallery of dynastic forebears. Portrait artists were seemingly employed at the Scottish court from the reign of James I. When Mary Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle in […]

Catherine de Valois, Azincourt et les Tudors

25 octobre 1415, sur un champs près du village d’Azincourt, dans le Nord du royaume de France. Le jeune roi d’Angleterre Henri V a gagné la bataille contre l’armée de Charles VI. Maintenant, il faut gagner la fille du roi de France. Un projet de mariage franco-anglais a été envisagé depuis 1409, mais les années […]

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 […]

« Your Grace. » – « Please call me Mary »

For all French readers, la critique sanglante en français est déja faite ici , et c’est très drôle ! Mary Stuart, Mary of Guise’s only daughter, is still very popular today – and a figure so far from her historic self that comparison isn’t reasonable. But let’s try to get some of this stuff right. […]