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Friday, May 02, 2008

Blanche of Artois

On this date in our family history . . . the 2nd day of May . . . in the year 1302 . . . Blanche of Artois dies near Paris, France . . . the death of this former queen regent of Navarre fosters rumours that Guichard had in fact poisoned his former benefactor . . . the case, however, is closed two years later, when the main accusers, Jean de Calais and Noffo Dei, retract their former imputations . . . this Blanche is believed to be a 20th great-grandma to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

The mediƦval court in the Crystal palace, described by M.D. Wyatt and J.B. Waring By Matthew Digby Wyatt, John Burley Waring: "The custom of burying the heart the body and even the viscera of the dead in different localities was very common during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and Blanche d Artois wife of Edmund Earl of Lancaster who died in 1302 and whose body was buried at Paris and her heart at Nogent 1 Artault is commemorated by a diminutive effigy now preserved at St Denis near Paris a fact which appears to indicate the meaning of these small statues viz that they were in all probability raised only over a portion of the deceased and that portion probably the heart since many of those now remaining though unfortunately mutilated have their hands crossed over their breasts holding a heart this however is mere surmise and their exact intention still remains to be clearly eluc"

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