Where the Lion Passed His Winter

From the time of Eleanor to the Revolution, this room was governed by some of the greatest women of France.  The decorations here date from the time of the Bourbon rule, most famously the sisters, cousins and nieces of the Sun-King, Louis XIV.  In that sense, this is the Versailles of French convents.

The art is of the highest order as well.   Here we see the "kiss of Judas".  Our guide suggests that the "traitor' is a Bourbon himself: inspired by the portraits of Henry de Navarre, a Protestant prince who founded Bourbon rule in France.

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