Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Queen Margaret of Burgundy, Serial Killer - 1315




Margaret of Burgundy (French: Marguerite de Bourgogne) (1290 – 14 August 1315) was the first queen consort of King Louis X of France (also King Louis I of Navarre).

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Many women have been more merciless and heartless than any man could have been, who could have been more merciless and heartless than Queen Margaret of Burgundy, wife of King Louis X. of France? According to the chronicler Brantome, she used to lure the handsomest young officers in the army to her retreat, the Tour de Nesle, and then, “having obtained what she wished of them, caused them to be tied in a sack and thrown into the Seine.”

[Excerpt from: “A Real Female Bluebeard - Strange Tragedy of the  Jealous Beauty and Her Thirty-five Unlucky Sweethearts,” American Weekly (San Antonio Light Sunday magazine section), Aug. 22, 1925, p. 5; referencing: Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur (and abbé) de Brantôme (c. 1540 – 15 July 1614) “L'Histoire de la Tour de Nesle.”]

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2 comments:

  1. Pierre de Bourdeille was a less a historian than a writer of softcore porn with historical characters. The only men Marguerite and Blanche were accused of having sex with were a pair of knights named Gautier and Philippe d'Aunay. Both knights were killed horribly by French officials while Marguerite and Blanche were imprisoned for the rest of their lives.

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  2. As the brief post above states, Bourdeille cites his source was Brantome (Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur (and abbé) de Brantôme; c. 1540 – 15 July 1614. Thus he is not claiming -- as is implied in the comment to which these remarks reply -- to be citing contemporaneous (medieval) documents. As with all such early cases involving political figures there are problems with sorting through records and determining facts.

    A detailed refutation of Brantome's assertions would indeed be valuable.

    Sometimes it can determined that a case is merely a legend or a myth or even a contemporaneous false accusation. Such cases are past of the history of the FSK topic. When enough information is collected and sifted through and that corpus of information points to a case being unfounded I note that and keep the post -- placing the case in a classification for myths, legends, etc.

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