Marguerite de Navarre was a highly influential figure in the intellectual life of France during the first half of the sixteenth century. Born in 1492, she was the daughter of Charles d’Angoulême and Louise de Savoie. Her younger brother was François I, King of France from 1515 to 1547 after Louis XII left no heirs. Marguerite received an exceptional education at the instigation of her mother who had an ambitious view of her children’s future and was herself a highly educated woman. She was able to share some of her brother’s tutors and showed great promise intellectually. She was married twice, first to Charles, duc d’Alençon in 1509 and second to Henri d’Albret, King of Navarre in 1527. She had only one surviving child, a d…
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Bromilow, Pollie. "Marguerite de Navarre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 September 2010
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