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Representations of the French Monarchy

These pieces all have their importance to the history of France and it's royalty. Some are paintings of kings, some are crown jewels, and some are historic buildings.

donnersmarck tiara - Google Search
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donnersmarck tiara - Google Search

The tiara was commissioned by Count Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck for his second wife Katherina Wassilievna de Slepzoff. It has 11 Columbian emerald drops.http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/magnificent-jewels-and-noble-jewels-ge1102/lot.443.html

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Louvre Palace - Wikipedia
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Louvre Palace - Wikipedia

The Louvre was originally built by Philippe Augustus as a fortress. The gesture was partly to show the king's authority. Though it was in the outer sections, probably to better fortify Paris, it now lies at the center of the city.https://www.louvre.fr/en/histoirelouvres/history-louvre/periode-2

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Palace of Versailles - Wikipedia
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Palace of Versailles - Wikipedia

The Palace of Versailles was built by Louis XIII as a hunting cabin. At first it was a small building, nothing special. Then it was rebuilt by him in 1631. Future kings would like the location and build upon it, until it became the palace it is today.http://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover/history#louis-xiii-and-versailles1607---1638

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French Constitution of 1791 - Wikipedia
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French Constitution of 1791 - Wikipedia

This document was created by the national assembly during the French Revolution. It limited the powers of the monarchs, and gave more rights to the people.https://www.britannica.com/topic/Constitution-of-1791-French-history

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This painting is of Louis XIII in full military armor. This is because he practiced absolute monarchy. This means he had full control of the government at the time.https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/france-in-the-seventeenth-century/absolutism-and-france/

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John II of France - Wikipedia
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John II of France - Wikipedia

Contrary to his title John the Good, he was stubborn and greedy. when he was just 13 he was married to Bonne of Luxenburg. He became king in 1350 and established many banquets, festivals, and tournaments. His rule created crisis after crisis in France, until he eventually was rebelled against and taken hostage. https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/history/french-history-biographies/john-ii-france

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Hugh Capet - Wikipedia
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Hugh Capet - Wikipedia

King of France from 987 to 996, he was the first of 14 Capetian kings. He was the son of Hugh the Great. He was crowned at Noyon on July 5 987. He married the daughter of William the third and allied himself with the German emperors Otto the second and Otto the third. When he died on October 14 996 his son Robert took the crown. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hugh-Capet

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Crown of Napoleon - Wikipedia
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Crown of Napoleon - Wikipedia

This is the Crown of Napoleon. As you can see it has many jewels and was expensive to make. He used it to crown himself emperor of France in 1804. He was the first Frenchman to be emperor in a thousand years. He placed this crown on his own head during his coronation.
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