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The Lost Tapestries of the City of LadiesChristine de Pizan's Renaissance Legacy$
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Susan Groag Bell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234109

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234109.001.0001

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Anne of Brittany's “Cite Des Dames”

Anne of Brittany's “Cite Des Dames”

(p.96) Chapter Six Anne of Brittany's “Cite Des Dames”
The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies

Susan Groag Bell

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Margaret of Austria's connection to Christine de Pizan, her writings, and the creation of a set of the Book of the City of Ladies tapestries in Flanders. At the same time, the article exposes more about the young Breton duchess who usurped Margaret's position as future queen of France. It suggested that Anne of Brittany had owned a six-panel set of City of Ladies tapestries by 1491, that is, more than twenty years before such a set was created for Margaret of Austria. Compared with the marriage alliances attempted on behalf of Anne of Brittany, those of Margaret of Austria were straightforward. During the Hundred Years' War Brittany's sympathies lay with England, and Henry VII later sent English troops to protect Anne against French marauders. Although the duke of Brittany was legally a vassal of the king of France, for hundreds of years Brittany had been an independent, self-governing duchy.

Keywords:   Margaret of Austria, Christine de Pizan, Book of the City of Ladies, tapestries, Flanders, Anne of Brittany, Hundred Years' War, England, Henry VII

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