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The Valois Trinity Takes Power: New Regime And Church Reform, 1515–1521

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Early in Francis I's reign, the term &t;the Royal Trinity&t; was coined to celebrate the special relationship between the king, his mother, Louise of Savoy, and his sister Marguerite, duchess of Alençon. Though Marguerite was the 'ghostly' member of the trinity, she nonetheless played a significant role in Francis's regime, more in line with the vision of Jean Marot's poem than with that of Louise's Journal. In the early years of Francis's reign, the royal family worked together as a well-functioning team to solidify his rule. On the issue of church reform, the royals sought to reinvigorate the late-medieval Observant movement that had gained momentum in the early 1490s. As a member of the Royal Trinity, Marguerite was fully integrated into the royal regime, working in tandem with Francis and his chief servants to effect major projects of state.

Keywords: church reform; Francis I; Louise of Savoy; Marguerite; royal regime; royal trinity

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