The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0496 Monday, 28 September 2009
From: Abigail Quart <
Date: Friday, 25 Sep 2009 05:50:52 -0400
This is one of the free e-books available for download.
I have a non-Shakespeare question about one of the passages. If anyone
has the answer, I would love it if you would email me directly.
Here's the passage:
"Thierry Badouer, a German goldsmith-jeweller, received from the French
court, in 1572, an order for 250,000 crowns' worth of jewels to be
distributed as gifts at the approaching marriage of Henri de Navarre
with Marguerite de Valois. He faithfully executed his part of the task
and brought the jewels with him to Paris, but before he had been able to
deliver them to the Royal Treasury they were stolen from him during the
confusion of the St. Bartholomew Massacre. Eventually, in the reign of
Henri IV, his widow was partly reimbursed for the loss, receiving
one-quarter of the amount of her claim."
Here's my question: The Massacre began Six Days after the wedding. Was
it the custom for such gifts to be distributed that late?
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