Jeanne d’Albret, a Calvinistic Deborah


Western Europe

Esther Karels-Boonzaaijer, RD

Jeanne d'Albret, accompanied by her son Henri de Navarre and Marguerite de Valois, comes to buy from René, perfumer of Catherine de Médicis, the gloves that poisoned her. A painting from Pierre Charles Comte. Photo Wikimedia Commons

King Francis I attends the marriage ceremony of his niece Joan of Albret in person. He pushed the marriage through. Brave and stubborn as she is, twelve-year-old Jeanne defies her powerful uncle: halfway down the aisle, she refuses to continue her way to the altar. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of the "queen of the Huguenots."