Madame de Maintenon Armoirie de Madame de Maintenon  MADAME DE MAINTENON  Coat of Arms Maintenon Château de Maintenon
Armoirie de l'école de St. Cyr SAINT CYR STITCH Armoirie de l'école de Saint Cyr
PETIT Armoirie de Tapisserrie de France POINT
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Madam the Marquise de Maintenon & the Petit point from St. Cyr school on hand painted canvas

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Nothing is less reasonable as to want than the children be like !
sic. Madam de Maintenon

Coat of Arms Saint Cyr the shool The school of Saint-Cyr was her great consolation, the most beautiful work of her life. She could realize, thanks to the benevolence of Louis the XIVth her desire to accomodate and educate poor girls of the nobility, to form them with the marriage and their nearest life in the world. Nothing in the kingdom were then neglected more than education of the young girls.
The school of Saint-Cyr opened its doors in July 1686. More than 3100 girls will be raise with the expenses of the State. The boarders were allowed between 7 and 10 years; they left there at 20 years age old with a dowry 3000 pounds. Saint Cyr castle
In 1568 Albert de Gondi, adviser of the Queen Catherine de Médicis acquired the village of Noisy-le-Roi and its surroundings. He decided to build a castle to the edge of the forest. During the next century, with the visits of the famous members of the royal family, the village and its castle became the anteroom of French monarchy.
In 1686 Louis the XIVth gave at the disposal of Madam de Maintenon the castle in intend to establish lodge of a boarding school for the poor girls of the nobility. The Royal House for the education of the girls was so born. Hundred pupils lived there. A few years later, after Noisy-le-Roi, the school was transferred in Saint-Cyr a small city close to Versailles.
Saint-Cyr l'école village was founded by a colony of Christians, established near the place where Cyr, a young martyr under Dioclétien, were sacrified. As remembering they took the name of the holly man. comedy and tragedy mask
The first representation of Esther, tragedy wrote by Racine at the request of Madam de Maintenon, took place at Saint-Cyr school in 1689 in the presence of Louis XIVth. The private representations were reserved for a small number of elected officials among others Madam de Sévigné. Here is what Madam de La Fayette writes in her memories: "Mrs. de Maintenon to divert her young girls and the king, ordered a comedy to Racine, the best poet of time, which he drew.us.m his poetry where he was inimitable, to write some, for his misfortune and also of those which have the taste of the theatre, a quite imitable historian..."
A quotation of Madam de Maintenon is worth to be mentioned; she has been able to say while coming for the first time to Cyr saint: "What pleases to me, it is that I see here my retirement and my tomb."
On this institution Paul Verlaine wrote: "When Maintenon threw on charmed France the soft shade and the peace of her caps of flax..."
Lastly, on the epitaph composed by Vertot the Abbot one could read "her body rest in this house, which she has gotten the establishment. she left to the Universe the example of its virtues."

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