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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 ...

music and the body

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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...This music demonstrates how human communication has evolved from survival function through to the engagement in singing for artistic pleasure. Of course, any communication involves the processes of both perception and response. Music perception and response In the case of Jeanne d'Albret , mother of King Henry IV of France , ‘sweet’ music was played to her every morning during her pregnancy in the belief that the fetus could hear the music, and that the music would help to mould the baby's temperament. Historians of the day reported that Henry IV was always...