Anne of Brittany's 500th Anniversary

From March 01, 2014 to September 02, 2014
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Anne of Brittany's 500th Anniversary 6 Place du Château 41000 Blois fr

2014 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of one of France’s most prestigious queens.

The memory and character of the Duchess of Brittany - who was twice queen of France - will be showcased by a cultural programming organized in the Loire Valley

This year, the public will discover the incredible destiny and personality of Anne of Brittany, a woman of exceptional power who was both a patroness and an aesthete.

Anne of Brittany, a Duchess and twice Queen of France

Anne of Brittany is the elder daughter of Francis II, Duke of Brittany and Margaret of Foix, Princess of Navarre. Duchess at 11 years old, she is the only character of French history to have been queen twice.

  • First, at the age of 14 when she married Charles VIII (1470-1483-1498) in Langeais in December 1491. 
  • Second, when she married Louis XII in 1499.

She died at the age of 37, after the death of seven of her nine children. Anne of Brittany remains a strong symbol of a life spent between Brittany and France.

Highlights of an exceptional cultural programming

Through her life, marriages, strategic alliances and places of residence, Anne of Brittany was a ruler whose talents left their mark on the illustrious Châteaux of the Loire.

From the Château of the Dukes of Brittany in Nantes to the  Château Royal of Blois, the Château of Langeais or those of Amboise or of Clos Lucé, or the Royal City de Loches, the Loire Châteaux  were the theater of Anne of Brittany exceptional destiny.

Thanks to cultural, creative and original events during this year of celebration (from March to September, 2014), the public will be able to go back in time through the different stages of her life by going up the Loire, from Nantes to Blois with exhibitions, concerts and festivities.

 

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