Mona Lisa, NOT!

"Thanks"* to Saint Joan and to Charles VII, France was freed of the English around 1453.  The next generation of rulers would seek inspiration in the Italian Renaissance.  Here we see the portrait of François I, among the greatest of Renaissance kings, and personal friend of another great Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci.

* I say "thanks" begrudgingly, since the "English" we're talking about were so only in name.  We'll see in Vendée that they were just as French as any French king could be.  The Plantagenet family of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lion-Hearted are very much children of the soil of  western France.    There they were born, and there they lie today in eternal repose...

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