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Two Capetian Queens as the Foreground for an Aristocrat’s Anxiety in the Vie de Saint Louis

  • Afrodesia E. McCannon
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Queen Mother Blanche of Castile and Marguerite of Provence, her daughter-in-law, were at odds. Or so Girard Sivéry, who has written biographical accounts of the two thirteenth-century Capetian queens, leads us to believe. He suggests that Blanche found Marguerite a scatterbrained sensual distraction to her son, King Louis IX, later canonized as Saint Louis. Sivéry mentions as well the antagonistic Iberian lineages from which the two women came, but seems most convinced that jealousy was the primary reason for the rivalry. Blanche, he suggests, once the patroness of art and literature at the court, was losing her hold on the attentions of the court poets who now turned their talents to the younger Queen Marguerite. Blanche, who “was aging and beginning to miss her Castilian beauty, so celebrated before, could not without sadness see this young queen, so beautiful, so lively, attract poets of the new generation to her and sing her praises.”1


Royal Family Queen Mother Young Queen Political Personality Biographical Account 
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