Monday, August 03, 2009

Cardinal Coligny

Cathcon has an interesting picture and caption but little else apart from:

Buried in Canterbury Cathedral. To be buried in England is probably the most humiliating fate imaginable for a Frenchman- but he got the reward he deserved.

then there is picture of "Mrs Cardinal",

Intrigued? then read here too.


gemoftheocean said...

I can think of few people more deserving of poisoning! ;-D [Well, maybe one or two but, I can't say.]

Bill of L.A. said...

I wonder if he was related to Admiral de Coligny, famously slaughtered in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Interesting that the cardinal died the year before that event.

Crux Fidelis said...

I believe that Odet de Coligny the cardinal was son of Gaspard de Coligny the admiral.

PCM said...

Brother, not son of the famous admiral, if the family tree here is correct. And that also makes his uncle the great constable Anne de Montmorency, general for the Catholic forces, who well into his 70s was charging in armour, lance in hand, with his heavy cavalry. People were made of sterner stuff, it seems. The immense tragedy of the French wars of religion never ceases to astound and fascinate me, especially in light of later events.

Thank you, Fr., and happy feast of St John Vianney!