Chenonceaux, Chateau of the Ladies: Reading List

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:31pm -- baglio

In conjunction with the latest lecture series by John Tschirch, this reading list will focus around the Chateau Chenonceaux, completed in the early 16th Century. The books featured for this list will touch upon the lives of some of the owners of the famous estate, as well as the architect of Chenonceaux, Philibert de l'Orme. Readers will also be able to delve into the Renaissance and Gothic styles used to create such a beautiful estate.


Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

By Leonie Frieda
Poisoner, despot, necromancer -- the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. In this critically hailed biography, Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds -- from a troubled childhood in Florence to her marriage to Henry, son of King Francis I of France; from her transformation of French culture to her fight to protect her throne and her sons' birthright. Based on thousands of private letters, it is a remarkable account of one of the most influential women ever to wear a crown.

By, Nancy Goldstone
Rich in detail and vivid prose, Goldstone's narrative unfolds as a thrilling historical epic. Treacherous court politics, poisonings, inter-national espionage, and adultery form the background to a story that includes such celebrated figures as Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Nostradamus. The Rival Queens is a dangerous tale of love, betrayal, ambition, and the true nature of courage, the echoes of which still resonate.

By Princess Michael of Kent

Henri was bartered in marriage to Catherine de Medici, an unattractive commoner and despised foreigner who stood miserable by as Henri became Dauphin and later King, all the while growing more devoted to his famously beautiful mistress. Together Henri and Diane ruled France as one, their intertwined monograms appearing on everything from official proclamations to palace doorknobs. Only Henri's accidental death at the age of forty-tow ended his love for Diane - and Catherine's all consuming envy of her rival. Princess Michael of Kent, herself a descendent of both Catherine and Diane, imbues this seldom-told story with exquisite detail and an insiders grasp of royal politics. THE SERPENT AND THE MOON is a fascinating love story as well as a richly woven history of an extraordinary time.

By Anthony Blunt
Considered one of the masters of French Renaissance Architecture, Anthony Blunt writes the biography of the 16th Century architect.
By John Fitzhugh Millar
This book contains text and elevation drawings ( and a few ground-plans) of nearly 400 classical buildings in Europe from 1419 to 1585. It shows the spread of classical architecture outwards from Florence and Rome to an area stretching from Portugal to Moscow, from Wales to Romania, from Scotland to Yugoslavia, from Denmark to Malta, and from Poland to Spain. The book examines works by over 160 architects....In the Appendix are biographical sketches of all the architects and an extensive illustrated Glossary of architectural terms."
By Bates Lowry
One of "The Great Ages of World Architecture" series of books. 7 1/4"x10" 125 page softcover published by George Braziller in 1984 with over 100 illustrations including photographs, plans, and drawings.
By William Henry Ward
 From the Preface: In the title of these volumes the words "Architecture of the Renaissance" are intended to be understood as embracing all those styles, wheter of building or decoration, which are ultimately based on Classical Architecture, from the re-introduction of classical forms at the Renaissance to the revival of Gothic in the nineteenth century, and the word "France," a geographical term for more varied import than is always realised, as corresponding roughly with the Continental  possessions of the Fench State immediately before or after the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, i.e in 1791 or 1815.
By, Bertrand Jestaz;Caroline Beamish
Originating in Florence, the flowering of architecture in 15th-century Italy revolutionized the look of European cities and the mindsets of their citizens. This lavishly illustrated pocket book presents the people, the time and its monuments in hundreds of color photographs and engravings. With a fascinating section of contemporary writings and a few paragraphs on all the important players. A jewel.
By, Rolf Toman
The awesome diversity of a fascinating epoch of European art and culture is presented in this wide-ranging illustrated volume. It presents the history of Gothic architecture from its origins and blossoming in 12th-century France through its dissemination in all of Europe; and an in-depth discussion of the most diverse art forms, including painting, sculpture, metalwork and book illumination. It includes individual essays on special themes such as heresy or the Cathars, the development of cities or the Papal Palace in Avignon. It is richly illustrated with photographs, most of which were taken specifically for this book.

By, Jacques Levron

One of the famous series of travel books, Les Beaux Pays. With 203 heliogravure illustrations.