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Old 11-06-2014, 03:16 AM   #126
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Isabeau of Bavaria (also Elisabeth of Bavaria-Ingolstadt; c. 1370 – 24 September 1435) was Queen of France as the wife of King Charles VI, whom she married in 1385.. She was born into the old and prestigious House of Wittelsbach, the eldest daughter of Duke Stephen III of Bavaria-Ingolstadt and Taddea Visconti of Milan. Isabeau was sent to France when she was around 15 or 16, on approval to the young French king who liked her enough to marry her 3 days after meeting her..In 1389, Isabeau was honored with a lavish coronation ceremony and entry into Paris. Charles suffered the first attack of his lifelong progressive mental illness in 1392, and was forced to temporarily withdraw from government.. These episodes occurred with increasing frequency thereafter, leaving a court divided by political factions and steeped in social extravagances.. A 1393 masque for one of Isabeau's ladies-in-waiting—an event later known as Bal des Ardents—ended in disaster with the King almost burned to death..The procession lasted from morning to night..The streets were lined with tableaux vivants displayingscenes from the Crusades, Deësis and Gates of Paradise..More than a thousand burghers stood along the procession route; those on one side were dressed in green facing those on the opposite side in red. The procession began at the Porte de St. Denis, passing under a canopy of sky blue cloth beneath which children dressed as angels sang, wound into the Rue Saint-Denis before arriving at the Notre Dame for the coronation ceremony..As Tuchman describes the event,"So many wonders were to be seen and admired that it was evening before the procession crossed the bridge leading to Notre Dame and the climactic display...

The masque was a form of festive courtly entertainment that flourished in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe, though it was developed earlier in Italy, in forms including the intermedio (a public version of the masque was the pageant). A masque involved music and dancing, singing and acting, within an elaborate stage design, in which the architectural framing and costumes might be designed by a renowned architect, to present a deferential allegory flattering to the patron..In English theatre tradition, a dumbshow is a masque-like interlude of silent pantomime usually with allegorical content that refers to the occasion of a play or its theme, the most famous being the pantomime played out in Hamlet (III.ii). in the 18th-century masques were even less frequently staged. "Rule, Britannia!" started out as part of Alfred, a masque about Alfred the Great co-written by James Thomson and David Mallet with music by Thomas Arne which was first performed at Cliveden, country house of Frederick, Prince of Wales. Performed to celebrate the third birthday of Frederick's daughter Augusta, it remains among the best-known British patriotic songs up to the present, while the masque of which it was originally part is only remembered by specialist historians..Lully was born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, to a family of millers.. His general education and his musical training during his youth in Florence remain uncertain, but his adult handwriting suggests that he manipulated a quill pen with ease..The birth of each of Isabeau's 12 children is well chronicled; even the decoration schemes of the rooms in which she gave birth are described.. She had 6 sons and 6 daughters.. The first son, born in 1386, died as an infant and the last, Philip, born in 1407, lived a single day..3 others died young with only her youngest son, Charles VII, living to adulthood..5 of the six daughters survived;4 were married and one, Marie (1393–1438), was sent at age 4 to be raised in a convent, where she became prioress..According to modern historians Isabeau stayed in close proximity to the children during their childhood, had them travel with her, bought them gifts, wrote letters, bought devotional texts, and arranged for her daughters to be educated. She resisted separation and reacted against having her sons sent to other households to live (as was the custom at the time). Pintoin records she was dismayed at the marriage contract that stipulated her 3rd surviving son, John, be sent to live in Hainaut.. She maintained relationships with her daughtersafter their marriages, writing letters to them frequently..She sent them out of Paris during an outbreak of plague, staying behind herself with the youngest infant, John, too young to travel.. The Celestines allowed "whenever and as often as she liked, she and her could enter the monastery and church ... their vineyards and gardens, both for devotion and for entertainment and pleasure of herself and her children"..Isabeau's coronation was celebrated on 23 August 1389 with a lavish ceremonial entry into Paris. Her second cousin and sister-in-law Valentina Visconti, who had married her own cousin Louis of Orléans (Charles' younger brother), two years earlier by proxy and papal dispensation, arrived in style escorted across the Alps from Milan by 1,300 knights carrying personal luxuries such as books and a harp..The noblewomen in the coronation procession were dressed in lavish costumes with thread-of-gold embroidery and rode in litters escorted by knights.. Philip the Bold wore a doublet embroidered with 40 sheep and 40 swans, Each decorated with a Bell made of Pearls... want to be what you are, see what you see, love what you love..Then, I give you life eternal.. Everlasting love.. The power of the storm... And the beasts of the earth..Fire Walk with me to be my loving W, forever..We've all become G's madmen, all of Us...

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