Margaret of Austria and The Tournai Tapestries

Susan Groag Bell

in The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520234109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928787 | DOI:
Margaret of Austria and The Tournai Tapestries

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As part of the celebrations of Henry VIII's military victories, the city magistrates of Tournai had bought and presented Margaret of Austria with a set of tapestries as a profession of the city's loyalty. The Tournai archives preserve a record of the occasion, which notes that during the ceremony Jean and Antoine Grenier—the sons of Pasquier Grenier, the founder of a distinguished firm of tapestry merchants in Tournai—presented important tapestries to several ladies and gentlemen. The archives specifically mention that some tapestries were presented to “Madame de Savoy.” An inventory made by Margaret's treasurer, finance minister, and inspector of tapestries, Diego Floris, lists six pieces of tapestry called “the city of ladies,” made of silk and given to Madame by those of the city of Tournai when she came there to meet the king of England.

Keywords: Henry VIII; magistrates; Tournai; Margaret of Austria; tapestries; Jean Grenier; Antoine Grenier; Madame de Savoy; Diego Floris; city of ladies

Chapter.  8248 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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