The wax figures here recreate the marriage of Anne de Bretagne to king Charles VIII of France. After the Hundred Years War, the 'English' were chased out of France. Charles father Louis XI took Burgundy by force and killed its duke, Charles the Bold. Charles VIII would attempt to take Britanny by the soft approach. Anne, the duchesse, accepted the proposal. They were married in this room on December 6, 1492. Though some serious work remained, France was now almost completely the nation we know today. We speak in our continent of the New World. Well, in some senses France as a nation is not really that much younger (please don't tell anybody French I'm saying this...).
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Date: 6/29/09 3:30 PM