But who was Marguerite d'Angoulême?

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What's this?

The Marguerite was created in 1876 by the chocolate-maker Duceau. The chocolate name evokes king of France François I’s beloved sister: Marguerite d’Angoulême. It’s a sweet with a daisy shape (in French, Marguerite is a Christian name but also a flower, the ″daisy″) made with chocolate (dark, white or milk one), delicately flavoured with orange.

The little history

Marguerite ? A strong, witty, pretty, sweet lady... Daughter of Charles d’Orléans, count of Angoulême and Louise of Savoie. She was born on April 11th 1492, in Angoulême castle. Her brother was the future king of France François Ier: he was born in 1496.

Marguerite was 4 when her dad died. Her mum decided to give her a good education. Marguerite will be an able woman! She learnt Greek, Latin, English, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew! Add to this poetry, philosophy and sciences. But her mum married off her to the duke of Alençon, Charles IV, in 1509.

Marguerite didn’t love him. In 1517, her brother François gave her the duchy of Berry: she became Marguerite of France! Aaah, her brother, her François... He fondly nicknamed her «the Marguerite of the Marguerites», «his darling». She gave him political and diplomatic advices. But duke of Alençon died in 1525.

The same year, François was taken prisoner in Pavia. Cruel fate... She married 2 years later the king of Navarre, Henri d’Albret: oh, they will have a daughter, Jeanne... king Henri IV’s mum! But this marriage wasn’t happy.

To forget her sorrows, Marguerite gathered a little court of poets, scientists, cultured gentlemen and ladies, in her Nérac castle (South-West France). There, she met Clément Marot, the Protestant poet. Aaah, Marot was Protestant and it was the time of war of Religion, between Catholics and Huguenots...

And Marguerite took sides with Protestants. She also helped her brother to the foundation of the Collège de France and developped Universities of Bourges and Nîmes. But Marguerite took a stand more and mor.

She wrote Le miroir de l'âme pécheresse, a poem about religious struggles, censored because considered as contrary to the Catholic rules. Sorbonne students, excited by this fierce attack, published satires in which they nicknamed Marguerite the «Hell fury».

And she even set the trend of the Protestant Mass! Sacrilege... Marguerite died in Odos castle, on December 21th 1549. Alone. Her body rests in Lescar cathedral. Her motto? Non inferiora secutus, «I only follow significant goals»...

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