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« Vêtir les souverains français à la Renaissance : les garde-robes d’Henri II et de Catherine de Médicis en 1556 et 1557 »

Abstract : Although largely incomplete, the Argenterie Royale accounting records from the sixteenth century list thousands of items pertaining to the wardrobe expenses of the French monarchs. This field of French historical research remains relatively unexplored in comparison to medieval studies and English or Italian research. This study focuses on two unpublished wardrobe registers, those of Henri II and his wife Catherine de Médicis, for which we are fortunate to possess the accounts for the same period (1556–57), an extremely rare occurrence in documentary records. How did the royal wardrobe budget actually work, in terms of purchases, gifts, suppliers to an itinerant court, and garment maintenance, alterations, and adjustments? Which moments in court life prompted the largest expenses? The information provided in the accounts is compared to descriptions made by contemporary witnesses and to royal portraits. A more colourful picture of the queen emerges, in the place of the traditional image of Catherine de Médicis wearing her long widow’s veil.
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Isabelle Paresys. « Vêtir les souverains français à la Renaissance : les garde-robes d’Henri II et de Catherine de Médicis en 1556 et 1557 ». Isabelle Paresys; Natacha Coquery. Paraître et Apparences du Moyen Âge à nos jours, Centre de recherche du château de Versailles; Institut de recherches historiques du Septentrion ; CEGES université de Lille 3 , pp.133-157, 2011, 978-2-905637-64-2. ⟨hal-01568064⟩

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