Lot 281: King of France from 1547 until 1559, he was killed in a jousting match held to celebrate the end of the Eighth Italian War (1519–1559). Manuscript LS in French, signed "Henry," one page, 8.5 x 12.5, July 15, 1552, Camp at Trelon, near Vervins. Letter to Monsieur de Fourquevaulx, his Master of the Pantry, in part (translated): "As your residence on the other side is not henceforth very necessary, and as I have elsewhere to employ you in my service, knowing your competence, I beg you to come to me immediately, to find where I shall be. And you are assured you will be very welcome." Professionally inlaid into a larger off-white sheet. Mild overall foxing and toning to folds and edges, otherwise fine condition. Fourquevaulx was employed later in the King's service as Ambassador to Spain, and was a trusted advisor to Catherine de Medici. In March of 1552, Henry had invaded Lorraine, taking Metz, Toul, and Verdun; at the time of this letter, he was disbanding his forces at Entreaupont. An uncommon document with a bold, prominent signature.
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Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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