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Anne of Brittany's “Cite Des Dames”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234109.003.0006
Anne of Brittany's “Cite Des Dames”

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This chapter discusses Margaret of Austria's connection to Christine de Pizan, her writings, and the creation of a set of the Book of the City of Ladies tapestries in Flanders. At the same time, the article exposes more about the young Breton duchess who usurped Margaret's position as future queen of France. It suggested that Anne of Brittany had owned a six-panel set of City of Ladies tapestries by 1491, that is, more than twenty years before such a set was created for Margaret of Austria. Compared with the marriage alliances attempted on behalf of Anne of Brittany, those of Margaret of Austria were straightforward. During the Hundred Years' War Brittany's sympathies lay with England, and Henry VII later sent English troops to protect Anne against French marauders. Although the duke of Brittany was legally a vassal of the king of France, for hundreds of years Brittany had been an independent, self-governing duchy.

Keywords: Margaret of Austria; Christine de Pizan; Book of the City of Ladies; tapestries; Flanders; Anne of Brittany; Hundred Years' War; England; Henry VII

Chapter.  6593 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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