The disastrous losses of the French elite at Pavia in 1525, for example, created early access to power for a crop of counsellors in the orbit of Anne de Montmorency
, d'Annebault among them.
It was Anne de Montmorency
, a Grand Master of France under Francis I and later Henry II, who began construction of a splendid Renaissance chateau (known as the Petit chateau) there in 1528, on the site of an ancestor's medieval residence.
Beyond her family, three men emerge as central figures in Marguerite's life: Guillaume Briconnet, her spiritual advisor in the early 1520s, Anne de Montmorency
, childhood friend, later constable under Francois, and, finally, Bonnivet.
For a dozen years since his appointment as Great Master in 1526 Anne de Montmorency
had been a political patron and power-broker of the first order.
The work is largely a dialogue between 'Demande' and 'Responce' describing a grotto to be constructed for Anne de Montmorency
. The Recepte veritable, par laquelle tous les hommes de la France pourront apprendre a multiplier et augmenter leurs thresors (also known as the Moyen de devenir riche) appeared soon after the wars of religion.
Georges Colin studies and provides a list of gold-stamped printers' and booksellers' marks on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century books, but concludes that `il faudrait en connaitre davantage pour mieux comprendre leur fonction.' Mirjam Foot looks briefly at several magnificent bindings executed for Anne de Montmorency
[1493-1567]; David Shaw at some books, all of them by contrast in plain serviceable bindings, known to have belonged to William Warham, Archdeacon of Canterbury in the early sixteenth century; and Bent Juel-Jensen at three Ethiopian bindings.
Part 1 defines favoritism and then contrasts favorites of the early Valois, such as Anne de Montmorency
, with the generation of mignons under Henry III.
The dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk became members of the Order of St Michel and Francis' leading advisers, Anne de Montmorency
and Philippe Chabot, were admitted to the Garter.
Francois I and Jean du Bellay figure prominently here, but so do the Cardinal of Lorraine and Anne de Montmorency
, and even Charles VIII receives some credit for wanting to collect works of the best quality.