Women in history: Marguerite de Valois
Born in 1553, Marguerite de Valois, later known as Queen Margot, was a French Princess of the Valois dynasty. She married Henry IV, first Bourbon king of France, and therefore became queen consort of Navarre, then Frence. Witness of the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre, she helped save many Protestants by hiding them in her room. She was described as a woman of rare beauty, with a vivid intelligence and a good education for a lady of her time. In her late days, she contributed to feminism and wrote an essay about women’s intelligence. Remembered as a strong and modern figure of French history, Marguerite de Valois is an example of strenght and brightness. She passed away in 1615 and her casket is believed to have been destroyed during the French Revolution.