Cooper is to be commended as well for unusually painstaking attention to Latin inscriptions that had been placed on buildings and on temporary street decorations, There were more of them on this occasion than for any preceding French royal entry, and more also than for the following entries of Henri II
into Paris (1549) and into Rouen (1550).
Two medals were made for Henri II
in 1552, probably by Marc Bechot, with the king in the same pose on the obverse of one and reverse of the other [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 7 OMITTED].(100) In spite of their small size of 56 mm in diameter, they selectively copied in remarkable detail the stance and most of the attributes in the miniature that obviously was known to Henri II
and must once have been in the possession of his father.
The differences setting Lafayette's world apart from Henri II
's, however, may not have been quite as important as Hampton suggests.
(10) If in Ronsard the notion of the tomb as architectural structure metaphorizes the lyric speaker's active confrontation with personal loss and mortality, in DuBellay's prefatory poem to King Henri II
the opening negation and the anachronistic dissonance between the splendid edifices of French royal architecture and the monumental ruins of ancient Rome immediately signal the poet's struggle to assimilate a loss at once infinitely more distant and strangely more indelible--the disappearance of the culture that both generates and authorizes his own art and, by extension, his own subject position: Ne vous pouvant donner ces ouvrages antiques Pour vostre Sainct-Germain, ou pour Fontainebleau [...].
She was crowned at a week old and in 1547, the infant queen was offered in marriage to the Dauphin - the eldest son of Henri II
This chapter recounts the death from a tilting accident of Henri II
Did you know Nostradamus predicted this event in one of his letters to Henri II
of France, in the 16th Century?
I was entranced by Chenonceau, that paradox of heavy stone and weightless grace that spans the River Cher, and fascinated by what it represents of the history of bitter rivalry and grudging mutual respect between two extraordinarily strong women - Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II
, to whom the king gave Chenonceau; and Catherine de Medicis, his queen, who seized it hack for herself on the king's untimely death in a duel.
(Flute playing obviously ran in the family, since Nicholas's French Huguenot grandfather, also Nicholas, had been one of Henri II
's flute players before being brought to England by the Earl of Hertford and joining Queen Elizabeth's wind band in 1561; through his ten children he established the musical Lanier dynasty, many of whom also became wind players.)
This became the original component of the modern Louvre's cour carre, built during the foflowing reign of Henri II