The podcast "La maîtresse, les bijoux et François 1er"

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Grand Patrimoine de Loire-Atlantique launches its first podcast.
Listen to the podcast at the Château de Châteaubriant!

Settle in on your sofa or on the grass in the gardens of the Château de Châteaubriant. Discover the very first podcast of Grand Patrimoine de Loire-Atlantique.

Dive deep into the Renaissance period at the Château de Châteaubriant and learn about Françoise de Foix, a major female historical figure.

A production tailor-made for the Château de Châteaubriant

La maîtresse, les bijoux et François 1er" is a musical story imagined by the Ensemble Boréades and created at the initiative of Grand Patrimoine de Loire-Atlantique.

This four-act series takes us back to the 1520s, in the midst of the Renaissance, to meet a woman who left her mark on the history of the Château de Châteaubriant and, more importantly, on the history of the reign of François I. Françoise de Foix, extremely alluring and cultivated, attracted the attention of the king. Although she was married to Jean de Laval, Lord of Châteaubriant, she followed François I to the Court and became his mistress. But the 10 years during which she enjoyed the exclusive attentions of the sovereign, however, left her with a bitter taste.

Heroine and muse, like Cleopatra or Dido, Françoise de Foix inspired many authors who built her into a legend, but it was a legend she did not identify with. Determined to re-establish her truth, she speaks out at the invitation of Jeanne and Maximin, both of whom are highly skilled at calling forth the ghosts of departed souls... Will songs and viola da gamba convince Françoise de Foix to appear before us?

  • This musical story is performed by Réjane Bajard, actress, Jeanne Bernier, soprano, and Maximin Catineau, viola da gamba.
  • Writing and art direction: Pierre-Alain Four.
  • Sound recording and mixing: Aymeric Eustache.
  • Sound design of the podcast: Pierre-Yves Allain, Boris Lemasson, Alvéole Média.

Find all the episodes below or on the podcast platforms (Soundcloud, Deezer, Spotify, Apple Podcast, etc.)

Episode 1

Lovers of musical spiritualism experiments, Jeanne and Maximin sneak into the Château de Châteaubriant. They hope to convince Françoise de Foix, who has been wandering these old stones for centuries, to appear before them...

Duration of the episode : 17mn.

Musical pieces included in this episode:

  • Nicolas Hotman (1610? - 1663) Second suite of pieces for viola da gamba (excerpts)
  • Etienne Moulinié (1599 - 1676) Amis Enivrons-Nous
  • Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) The Dog Star

Episode 2

Françoise de Foix, who had never before spoken out, but who inspired so many fantasies and authors that she became a legend, agrees to tell us about her relationship with François 1er.

Duration of the episode: 16mn.

Musical pieces included in this episode:

  • Juan del Vado (1625? - 1691) No Te Embarques
  • Jean Planson (1545? - ca. 1612) Amour n'a Point des Ayles
  • Juan Hidalgo (1614 - 1685) Ay Que Me Rido de Amor
  • Jean Guédron (1565 - 1620) Ô Plaisirs, Ô Délices, Bergère

Episode 3

Françoise de Foix, although married to Jean de Laval, became the mistress of the most powerful king of the time, François I. A life of endless pleasure and influence in the very first circle of power awaits her.

Duration of the episode: 15mn.

Musical pieces included in this episode:

  • Jean Guédron (1565 - 1620) Cessez Mortels de Soupirer
  • Robert Ramsey (1590 - 1644) Go, Perjur'd Man
  • Robert Johnson (?) Have You Seen But a White Lily Grow
  • Anon, excerpt from the Chansonnier de Bayeux A Dieu Mes Amours

Episode 4

The relationship between Françoise and François I ended with the two lovers on very bad terms. Upon exiting her musical spiritualism seance, Jeanne invites us to discover some songs that Françoise could have sung. As for Maximin, he has a mystical conversation with Françoise in the chapel of the château.

Duration of the episode: 24mn.

Musical pieces included in this episode:

  • Jean Planson (1545? - ca. 1612) Et la Fleur Vole
  • Guillaume de Machaut (1300 - 1377) Douce Dame Jolie
  • Jean Planson (1545? - ca. 1612) Puisque le Ciel Veut Ainsi
  • Johan de Lescurel (early 14th c.) Bonté, Sen, Valours et Pris
  • Variation on Marin Marais (1656 - 1728)
  • Michel Lambert (1610 - 1696) Vos Mépris Chaque Jour

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