A dinner party of Margaret of Austria.

Margaret of Austria. Marguerite d'Autriche. Renaissance Court etiquette

Musicians accompany a dinner party of Margaret of Austria.

Musicians accompany a dinner party of Margaret of Austria.

Court etiquette during the Renaissance. Concert donné a Marguerite d’Autriche pendant son repas.

Margaret of Austria (1480 – 1530) of the House of Habsburg, was one of the great musical patrons of her time. She was Duchess of Savoy and governor of the Habsburg Netherlands. Margaret was the only daughter of Maximilian I from his marriage to Mary of Burgundy. In her youth she received a fine education, played various musical instruments, wrote poetry and had a comprehensive library. In Mechelen, her main residence, Margarete had built a palace where she gathered many artists and scholars around and the court of Mechelen so made to the center of humanism. Among them people such as Cornelius Agrippa, Adrian of Utrecht, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Pierre de la Rue and Josquin Desprez were. Her court had such high regard that foreign nobles gave their daughters in Marguerite’s care to be educated with her.

From the book: Histoire de La Belgique. Troisième Edition, Entièrement refondue et Augmentèe, etc. par Théodore Juste (1818-1888).

Associated to:

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  2. German women`s costume history, 15th century.
  3. Italian 14th, 15th century fashion history.
  4. The Hennin. Headdresses history, 15th century.
  5. The Reticulated Headdress. Headdresses history, 15th century.
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  8. Margaret of Anjou Queen of Henry VI. and her court.
  9. The Limerick Mitre. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages.
  10. The Romance of the Rose. The Art of courtly love.
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