|After the Hundred Years War, however, the military purpose
of these fortresses was diminished. In addition, the French Kings
were quick in conquering the province of Burgundy, an ally of the English.
The next great neighboring power was Brittany. The strategy here was
not war, but marriage. In 1491 Charles VIII married the powerful and
intelligent duchess Anne de Bretagne. The union of France and
Brittany gave the crown unheard of power and confidence. They then
turned their attention to the next prize -- Italy.
The wars for Italy opened Anne's and Charles' eyes to a new world. Soon they brought artists, craftsmen, and ideas back to their favorite residence. They began the reconstruction of the castle of Amboise -- this time in the style of the Renaissance.
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