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#179 - King Francis I

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Monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1515 until his death, remembered as a prodigal patron of the arts who initiated the French Renaissance (1494–1547). Untranslated vellum manuscript DS in French, signed “Francoys,” one page, 17.5 x 8, September 22, 1538. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, various creases, scattered soiling and staining (heavier to the right, with the signature in a bright, clear area), and a lengthy cut to the right side. The following year, Francis signed the Ordinance of Villers-Cotterets, an extensive piece of reform legislation that called for French to replace Latin as the administrative language of the kingdom. These clauses on the use of French marked a major step towards the linguistic and ideological unification of France at a time of growing national sentiment and identity. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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