Thursday, June 4, 2015

bon courage

This beautiful statue is one of four that represent the cardinal virtues and surround the tomb of  French King François II (son of Catherine de Medici and married to Mary Queen of Scots),  The pictured statue represents the virtue Courage.  It reminds me of the many strong women of this time who had profound political influence even though they were never permitted to rule alone without a king.  Thus, I say bon courage* to all you women struggling to make a difference.

*This expression can sometimes mean "good luck" but in cases like this I would translate it to "have courage!",


  1. i have a couple of "filles du roi" ancestors and think they must have been very brave/strong!

  2. The craftsmanship on the statue is beautiful!

  3. The helmet is quite interesting.