Anne of Brittany – queen consort of France

Anne of Brittany was crowned at St. Denis on February 8, 1492. She was the first Queen crowned there and consecrated, “anointed in the head and chest” by Andre d’Espinay, Archbishop of Bordeaux. Beau­tiful, young, and full of life, with her hair plaited and hanging over her shoulders, she looked like a young girl, but when seated in robes of white satin, she was every inch a queen. Superb, haughty, a ruler in her own right and superior to the king in education and training, she took her place beside him not only as his queen but as the queen of France. But Charles VIII limited her role. She was supposed to give him a male heir as soon as possible and that was it. Anne of Brittany was way to talented to just be treated like a baby-making machine, but at the same time her wedding contract stated that she should marry the next French king if she would not give Charles VIII before he died. 

coronation, procession to Saint Denis, Paris, 1491, after miniature of Andry de la Vigne, circa 1500.

coronation, procession to Saint Denis, Paris, 1491, after miniature of Andry de la Vigne, circa 1500.

Coronation of Anne of Brittany.

Coronation of Anne of Brittany.

The people of France seemed to like their new queen. The union of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany meant the union between France and Brittany.

The people of France seemed to like their new queen. The union of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany meant the union between France and Brittany.

Bonsoir, mes

(detail) Manuscript illuminator Jean Bourdichon and his atelier, ca. 1475-1500, "Heures de Charles VIII", France.

(detail) Manuscript illuminator Jean Bourdichon and his atelier, ca. 1475-1500, “Heures de Charles VIII”, France.

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