Sunday, August 16, 2009

Question from Manon - Source for statement by Francis I

Hello Lara and all Tudor History blog contributors! I have a primary sources question for Foose, or anyone else here, who has done research on King Francis. I am curious about the background of an apparently disparaging statement he made to the Duke of Norfolk about Anne Boleyn's time in France. I have seen it quoted most recently in the "Six Wives" by Weir (p. 154), but her bibliography simply lists all her primary sources together and doesn't include foot or endnotes. Did it possibly come from Francis' interaction with the Bishop of Faenza?

I have been able to track down primary sources for his statements on Queen Katherine, Thomas and Mary Boleyn, but not this particular one. Thanks in advance.


Blogger Bearded Lady said...

Hi Manon, I am not sure which quote you are referring to but in a letter from Bishop of Faenza to M. Ambrosio he wrote, “Francis also spoke three days ago of the new queen of England, how little virtuously she has always lived and now lives.”

You can find this quote on the state papers online:

From: 'Henry VIII: July 1535, 1-10', Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 8: January-July 1535 (1885), pp. 379-402.

The infamous quote about her being a great whore can be found on 'Henry VIII: March 1536, 1-10', Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10: January-June 1536 (1887), pp. 161-181.

hope that helps!

August 17, 2009 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Bearded Lady, it's Manon. I am interested in the complicated relations between France and England at this time.

Yes, that is the comment I have seen from Francis, which I assumed Weir was quoting. But I was mistaken - Weir's book has another, yet similar, quote she dates from 1533. Maybe I will run across the original correspondence in the state papers site you shared. Thank you very much!

August 18, 2009 8:05 AM  

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