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Publisher: DE MONTFAUCON, B.
Title: Le Roi Henri II blassé a mort representanté dans son lit.
Published in: Paris, 1729-1733
   
Size: 12.6 x 15.7 inches.
32.0 x 40.0 cm.
Colouring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: Center fold. Paper slightly age toned. Cut on plate mark. Good and dark impression.
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Print showing King Henry II in his death bed. In June 1559 a tournament lasting several days was held in Paris to celebrate a peace treaty between France and Spain. King Henry was to enter the lists before a glittering audience of lords and ladies, including Queen Catherine, Diane de Poitiers and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Queen Catherine, the Duke of Savoy and other friends tried to persuade the king to leave the lists, as the day was virtually over. Henry, however, insisted on another contest with Montgomery, who did his best to refuse. Montgomery’s lance struck the king’s helmet and a long splinter pierced Henry’s eye and penetrated his brain.

The royal doctors removed the splinter from the king’s eye and others that had pierced his head and throat and bled the patient who relapsed into unconsciousness. It was hoped that the loss of the eye was the worst that would happen, but even though the royal surgeon, Ambroise Paré, was joined by another celebrated medical man, Andreas Vesalius, sent from Brussels by King Philip of Spain, Henry’s condition grew worse.

Catherine kept watch by her husband’s bedside and the king died early in the afternoon of the following day. He was 40 years old.

Engraving from "The Monuments of the French Monarchy ..." by Bernard de Montfaucon.
Dom Bernard de Montfaucon, O.S.B. was a French Benedictine monk of the Congregation of Saint Maur. He was an astute scholar who founded the discipline of palaeography, as well as being an editor of works of the Fathers of the Church.




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