Monday, August 6, 2012

France VII

Card showing the emblems of various kings and queens of France built in the ornate plasterwork of the châteaux of the Loire. Upper left shows the salamander of Francis I, who reigned from 1515 to 1547 and was instrumental in launching the Renaissance in France. Upper right show the porcupine of Louis XII, Francis I's predecessor. Lower right shows the ermine of Anne of Brittany, queen to Charles VIII and later to Louis XII. Lower left, shows the pierced swan of Queen Claude of France, wife to Francis I.

Two permanent, domestic rate Mariane stamps from the definitive set of "Mariane in Europe".

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