Notre-Dame Cathedral - photo by Morelle Smith
At 10 am the wedding party, led by musicians, heralds and church dignitaries, proceeded along a specially constructed raised
platform to a stage at the west door of the cathedral. There Madeleine and James were married by the Cardinal of Bourbon.
They then entered the church for the nuptual mass.
Afterwards a sumptuous dinner was served at the Bishop's palace, followed in the evening by more feasting and dancing at the
Palais de Justice. Rich cloths and tapestries decorated the banqueting halls and food was served on gold and silver plates.
Madeleine and James
Two more weeks of celebrations followed at the Louvre and Tournelles palaces.
Events included jousts, tournaments,feasts, plays,with airborne fire breathing dragons
and mock naval battles.
The Louvre Palace prior to remodelling in Renaissance style in the 1540s .....
How James may have looked then .....
The ships would have looked similar to those in this painting depicting
Henry VIII (uncle of James) embarking at Dover .....
Holyrood Palace in Renaissance style
..... and now, with the ruined abbey behind.
Photo taken from the hill above in the Royal Park created by James.
I've shown the Royal Park in a previous post .... HERE
Queen Madeleine lived in Scotland for only two brief summer months but her story touched
the hearts the people who named her the "Summer Queen".
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