Friday, 8 February 2019

Mystery Queen


Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel. https://tourtheloire.com

The woman in this panel on a piece of medieval furniture in the Chateau of Langeais is a mystery. She wears a crown so is presumably a queen. She holds a sword and presses down on the head of a crowned man with her left foot, so is presumably a warrior subduing an enemy ruler. She holds a book, indicating she is literate and is clothed in the style of a 15th century Northern European aristocrat. There is an object that I can't identify behind her to her right.

My best guess is that it is Isabella, the She-wolf of France, wife of Edward II of England. In the 15th century, a hundred years after she had deposed her husband, she had become a well known popular character, portrayed in plays and literature as beautiful, cruel and manipulative. 

**************************************

For details of our private guided tours of chateaux, gardens, wineries, markets and more please visit the Loire Valley Time Travel website. We would be delighted to design a tour for you.

No comments:

Post a comment