Historical Figures

Joan of France(1464 - 1505)

Jeanne de France is the daughter of Louis XI and Charlotte of Savoy. Anxious to marry her to the Orleans, Louis XI promised her to the future Louis XII (Jeanne being disabled, he hoped that Louis XII would not have children, and thus intended to reduce the line of the Orleans). A neglected wife, despite the kindness she feels towards her husband. Upon his accession, Louis XII hastened to have the marriage annulled, claiming that it had never been consummated. Jeanne was then, in compensation, titled Duchess of Berry and founded in Bourges, the monastic order of the Annonciade. She was canonized in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, 445 years after her death.