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Cardinal Richelieu at the Siege of Larochelle, by Henri Motte,* 1881

This article was published earlier today, but it vanished.

*Henri-Paul Motte (12 December 1846 – 1922) was a 19th-century French artist and painter from Paris.  He is best known for his work of the Siege of La Rochelle, a depiction of Cardinal Richelieu in battle in the 17th century. He completed the painting in 1881.

Photo credit:
Henri Motte  (Wikipedia)
Dirck de Bray (Wikipedia)

There are days when one should not get out of bed.  August 6th was such a day.  I had plenty of time to send the News, but my computer would not allow me to embed videos.  Given that I had to go out, I therefore published my post so the news would still be news.

On my return home, as soon as I finished putting my groceries into the refrigerator, I went to look at my post and gave myself a very low grade.  Only one of my videos was still in the post. The text needed revisions.  And there was no information with respect to the art featured in the post.  Shame on me!

That’s it, I thought, WordPress will fire me.  The post has therefore been revised.

Anne de Joyeuse, Admiral of France

However, as I provided information on the picture at the head of my post, I discovered that Anne de Joyeuse or Anne de Batarnay de Joyeuse, Baron d’Arques, Vicomte then Duc de Joyeuse (1560 or 1561 – 20 October 1587) was a favourite of Henri III, King of France.  His wedding portrait shows Catherine de’ Medici (13 April 1519 – 5 January 1589), Henri III, etc.

Joyeuse was a very active participant in the French Wars of Religion.  So active that he allowed the massacre of 800 Huguenots (from Eidgenossenschaft[Confederacy] or Eidgenossen) during a campaign in Poitou (the massacre de Saint-Éloi, 21 June 1587).

The King, a Catholic, was not pleased, which allowed me to see an aspect of Henri III I was not aware of.  As for Anne de Joyeuse, in 1587, he was defeated by the Huguenots, in the Battle of Coutras, and was taken prisoner.  He tried to buy his way out of certain death, but the massacre de Saint-Éloi had taken place in June and was still fresh in the mind of his captors who killed him.

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Louis XIII as Composer

Well, I will feature more music composed by Louis XIII (1601-1643), King of France, who preferred to join his friends at his hunting lodge at Versailles and loved music.  He did not live at court, le Louvre.  He did, however, witness the Siege of La Rochelle.  I am including two pieces by Louis XIII.  In fact, it is the same piece but played first by a pianist and second by a harpsichordist.  It was composed for the harpsichord.  The piano had not been invented yet.

Le Ballet de la Merlaison, by  Maurice Leloir

Le Ballet de la Merlaison, by Maurice Leloir*

* Maurice Leloir (1 November 1853 – 7 October 1940)

© Micheline Walker
August 7, 2012