Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Captive King

The misadventures of King François.
If François and his mother had hoped that Charles would quickly release him for a cash ransom, they were mistaken. Charles presented a long list of demands that included paying Charles's debts to Henry VIII, abandoning French claims to Milan and Genoa, and most importantly, ceding the duchy of Burgundy. The emperor planned to seal the settlement through the marriage of his niece, Mary of Portugal, to the Dauphin. Although François appeared amenable to some of the terms, he refused to negotiate as long as he continued to be held prisoner. He forwarded Charles's terms to Louise, who rejected them outright.


duchessizzy said...

Mary did eventually get engaged to the Dauphin and went to France to marry him, but he did before the wedding. I wrote a post on her, at my blog: http://thepersistenceofmemory-duchessizzy.blogspot.com/2009/10/infanta-maria-of-portugal.html

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you for sharing your post, Izzy. What a beautiful blog you have!