Anne and Charles began the campaigns in Italy, and they brought back the first artists and builders from there to here. This is the first new castle of the real French Renaissance - under the influence of Italy. Charles would die here in a freak accident, and Anne would marry his cousin Louis d'Orleans. She would give no sons to Louis, either. She would give a daughter, who would be duchess of Britanny when she died. Queen Claude would marry Louis's cousin Francois d'Angoulème. Francois would be the greatest king of the French Renaissance, and his greatest friend was an Italian guy named Leonardo de Vinci. Leonardo spent his last years here alongside François.
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Date: 6/30/09 9:18 AM