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Jeanne d'Albret

(1528–72), Queen of Navarre, was the daughter of Henri II d'Albret, king of Navarre, and Marguerite d'Angoulême, sister of King Francis I. She married Antoine de Bourbon, who ...

Viret, Pierre

Viret, Pierre (1511–71)   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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2005
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...Reformer , friend of Calvin and often a moderating influence upon him. Viret was chief pastor of the congregation at Lausanne for 23 years and also conducted important ministries at Nîmes and Lyon; he spent his last years teaching in Béarn under the protection of Jeanne d'Albret . A prolific writer of satires and dialogues in French, Viret used a simple, direct, and often sardonic style to persuade both his opponents, in apologetic works such as L'Interim ( 1565 ), and his co‐religionists, in exhortations such as the Remonstrances aux fidèles (...

Marguerite de Navarre

Marguerite de Navarre (1492–1549)   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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...de Navarre (also known as Marguerite d'Angoulême or d'Alençon ) ( 1492–1549 ). Born in Angoulême, daughter of Charles d'Angoulême and Louise de Savoie , she received the same humanist education as her younger brother, the future François I er . She was married in 1509 to Charles d'Alençon ( d. 1525 ), then in 1527 to Henri d'Albret , king of Navarre . Her daughter, Jeanne d'Albret , was mother of the future Henri IV . Throughout her life she was intimately involved in the political life of France, particularly in the period...

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