The Mirror of All Christian Queens

By Valerie (Foucachon) Abraham

The Mirror of All Christian Queens


The Mirror of All Christian Queens – A Translation of Marguerite de Navarre’s Correspondence 
By Valerie Foucachon
Queen, diplomat, reformer, philanthropist, poetess, playwright, novelist—Marguerite de Navarre seems to have deserved every epithet the Renaissance had to give. She served in many different vocations, and played many parts on the stage of life. This thesis is comprised of a translation and commentary on a selection of ten of Marguerite’s letters divided into three chapters, focusing respectively on her roles as defender of the persecuted, respected advisor to the king of France, and loyal friend of Renée de Ferrara. Understanding these roles in Marguerite’s life gives us insight into the historical context and political climate of the early Reformation in France.


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valerieValerie (Foucachon) Abraham grew up in Lyon, France where she developed a love for books and culture thanks to having a pastor as a father, and a teacher as  mother. She studied under Wesley Callihan in high school through Schola Classical Tutorials, and then attended Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She then moved on to New Saint Andrews College, graduating Cum Laude in Spring of 2015 with a B.A. in Classical Liberal Arts and Culture. Her Senior Thesis on the correspondence of Marguerite de Navarre allows her to combine her experience in French and Latin with research of one of her favorite periods of history: The Renaissance and Reformation. The thesis was featured in Shield Wall, a quarterly academic journal by New Saint Andrews.

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