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Christina of Denmark: Duchess of Milan and Lorraine, 1522-1590 (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 9781333501488
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2016-11-13
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Excerpt from Christina of Denmark: Duchess of Milan and Lorraine, 1522-1590
Holbein's Duchess, it is evident, was a striking figure, and her life deserves more attention than it has hitherto received. Brantome honoured her with a place in his gallery of fair ladies, and the sketch which he has drawn, although inaccurate in many details, remains true in its main outlines. But with this exception Christina's historv has never yet been written. The chief sources from which her biography is drawn are the State Archives of Milan and Brussels, supplemented by documents in the Record Office, the Bibliotheque Nationale, the Biblioteca Zelada near Pavia, and the extremely interesting collection of Guise letters in the Balcarres Manuscripts, which has been preserved in the Advocates' Library at Edin burgh. A considerable amount of information, as will be seen from the Bibliography at the end of this volume, has been collected from contemporary memoirs, from the histories of Bucholtz and Henne, and the voluminous correspondence of Cardinal Granvelle and Philip II., as well as from Tudor, Spanish, and Venetian State Papers.
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