Renée de France (2673 words)

Kelly Peebles (Clemson University )
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Born at the Château de Blois in 1510, Renée de France (also Renata di Francia or Renata di Ferrara) was the daughter of Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne and younger sister of Claude de France, queen consort of François I. She was a celebrated patron of the arts and letters in both her native France and in Ferrara, Italy, where she spent her married life. In the mid-sixteenth century, she welcomed both French and Italian intellectuals and literati at her court in Ferrara, many of whom espoused heterodox religious beliefs. She spent her dowager years in Montargis, France, where she housed religious refugees and Calvinist pastors. As Renée’s parents had no surviving male heir, on Louis XII’s death in …

Citation: Peebles, Kelly. "Renée de France". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2018 [, accessed 15 August 2020.]

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