François I

Saunerie gate, Manosque - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA Saunerie gate, Manosque - ©Calips / CC-BY-SA

The tradition says that the Saunerie gate was raised to celebrate king of France François Ier’s visit in Manosque, in 1516! Oh, since we’re talking about him, here’s a legend... The king was coming...

The interior - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY The interior - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY

François I’s sentenced persons King François I: well, well, well! We find his equestrian portrait on a cave’s wall. Hey, he came in La Balme. Yes, while he was visited the court of Savoy, he made a...

The abbey - ©René Dinkel / CC-BY-SA The abbey - ©René Dinkel / CC-BY-SA

Enough is enough! After Garsende the poetess, several ladies withdrew in La Celle. So, the abbey became rich and prosperous, and we had about 100 nuns, at the end of the 13th century! But quickly...

The cross - ©Jack06140 / CC-BY-SA The cross - ©Jack06140 / CC-BY-SA

This Gothic monument evokes the gathering between king of France François I, emperor Charles the Fifth and pope Paul III in Nice.3 great men's meeting! A first arrival Negotiations for peace were at...

The palace, stained-glass - ©isamiga76 / CC-BY The palace, stained-glass - ©isamiga76 / CC-BY

This nice palace was put up by the industrialist Alexandre Le Grand, the man who invented the famous Benedictine liquor. The legend told us a Benedictine monk from Fécamp abbey, called Bernardo...

The castle - ©Stabron / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Stabron / CC-BY-SA

Louis XI’s Amboise The plotter’s punishment Once upon a time an old medieval fortress along the river Loire, belonging to Louis d’Amboise but seized in 1434 by Charles VII… The punishment for a...

François Ier, Chambord - ©Hélène Rival / CC-BY-SA François Ier, Chambord - ©Hélène Rival / CC-BY-SA

Leonardo was here! Started in 1523 for king François I, based on plans by Il Primaticio (gossip said it was Leonardo da Vinci), 1800 workers worked on the building site. Nothing was too much, for...

Louise de Savoie - ©Public domain Louise de Savoie - ©Public domain

The birth of a giant Louise of Savoy were only 12 when she married Charles of Valois-Angoulême, 27 years-old. One fine day of September 1494, Louise strolled in the gardens of the castle of Cognac...

The place of the coup de Jarnac - ©Sigoise / CC-BY-SA The place of the coup de Jarnac - ©Sigoise / CC-BY-SA

The last duel in France history took place here, in Saint-Germain castle, on July 10th 1547... François Ier, an old king at the end of his life, witnessed a quarrel between two ladies: Diane de...

The castle - ©Arcane17 / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Arcane17 / CC-BY-SA

The pretty Marie Gaudin From Du Guesclin to Gaudin The story of La Bourdaisière began in the 14th century. The land belonged to marshal de Boucicaut, Du Guesclin’s comrade in arms. Then, it fell to...


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