Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jeanne d'Évreux (1310 – 4 March 1371)

My mom is very busy so she asked my to tell you about the new series of earrings we'd like to add to our shop - The Queen Series. Along with earrings, we will also give you a short history lesson. Enjoy! Here is our 1st listing (earrings pictures below). -by Emily, the cute tabby

Jeanne d'Évreux (1310 – 4 March 1371) was the third wife of King Charles IV of France, daughter of his uncle Louis d'Évreux and Margaret of Artois. She bore no male heir, thus "causing" the end of the direct line of the Capetian dynasty. She was also the king's cousin, so Pope John XXII had to agree on the marriage, Jeanne bore Charles two daughters, Marie and Blanche.

Two of Jeanne's remarkable possessions survive—her prayer book and a statue of the Virgin and Child. The Book of Hours, known as the Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, is held in The Cloisters collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The small statue of the Virgin and Child (gilded silver and enamel, 69 cm high), which Jeanne left to the monastery of St Denis outside Paris, is held in the Louvre Museum.

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