Mary of Burgundy – horsing around

So I’ve written quite some posts about Mary of Burgundy already and it is easy to feel envious towards her when you see all the wealth she possessed, the power and her wardrobe. It is really quite extraordinary especially for a woman in that era.  But one thing makes that we shouldn’t envy her; she died young, just 25 and leaving to young children behind: Philip the Handsome and Margaret.

Mary of Burgundy was said to really love horseback riding and falconry.

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Mary of Burgundy horse back riding.

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Mary of Burgundy horse back riding and falconry.

On March the 27th of 1482 Mary was on a hunt with Maximilian I but her horse tripped, she fall and the horse fall on her breaking her spine. Mary of Burgundy died after a a few days, but first she wrote a detailed will where she let her husband Maximillian I take charge of her land and subjects until her children were old enough to take over. Bizarrely enough there is an image in Mary of Burgundy’s Book of Hours that seems almost a prophecy of what was going to happen to poor Mary.

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Illustration in her Book of Hours of Mary of Burgundy chased by Death while horse back riding.

She must’ve seen that image quite often completely unaware that that would be her faith.

Bonsoir, mes amis! Hilde

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