In 1501 Charles V and Claude of France we’re betrothed. It seemed to make sense at the time. Louis XII and Philip the Handsome were good friends and with their children married France would no longer be a barrier between Charles V domains in Flanders and Spain.
But a lot changed in 1505. Ferdinand married the niece of Louis XII, Germaine of Foix. Philip of Handsome was not happy with this and it took a toll on their friendship. Louis XII got very sick and didn’t want to created problems for his cousin and only heir, Francis I; so he gave a secret promise to Francis I’s mother Louise of Savoy that Francis I could marry Claude of France instead of Charles V.
When Anne of Brittany learned of this she was very angry, because this meant that Brittany and France would stay united in the future instead of having an independent ruler.
And it was of course a matter of time before the Habsburgers would find out. This would not only influence the relations between Louis XII and Philip the Handsome but also the relation between Charles V and Francis I.
Joyeux Noël mes amis, Hilde