Anne of Brittany – wedding with Charles VIII

Anne became engaged to the King in the vault of the Jacobins in Rennes on 17 November 1491. Then, escorted by her army (ostensibly to show that she had willingly consented to the marriage), Anne went to Langeais to be married. The official marriage between Anne and King Charles VIII of France was celebrated in the Great Hall of the Chateau de Langeais on 6 December 1491 at dawn despite diplomatic protests of Austria that the bride was unwilling already married and that the groom was already betrothed. They had to be quick and discrete because technically the marriage was illegal until the pope annulled the marriage between Anne of Brittany and Maximilian I and gave a dispensation needed for marrying Charles VIII because Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII were related in the forbidden 4th degree of consanguinity. The pope received substantial concessions for this. This was possible because the marriage between Anne of Brittany and Maximilian I wasn’t consummated yet.

Marriage 6 december 1491 langeais Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII.

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Medieval Ivory Diptych Sculpture. Wedding Anne of Brittany with Charles VIII.

Medieval Ivory Diptych Sculpture. Wedding Anne of Brittany with Charles VIII.

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waxwork reenactment wedding Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII.

waxwork reenactment wedding Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII.

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The wedding contract stated that whoever outlived their spouse would keep Brittany, but it also stated that Anne would have to marry the next French king if she didn’t give Charles VIII a male heir. That way the French would have yet another shot at uniting France and Brittany in the future.

bon après-midi, mes amis! Hilde

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  1. Reblogged this on Fine Wines Fine Quotes and commented:
    European history scholar Hilde van den Bergh hits another home run with the story of the marriage of King Charles VIII of France with Anne of Brittany, resulting in the union of France and Brittany. Follow her blog at hemmahoshilde.wordpress.com

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