This is an original 1877 monochrome lithograph of King Henry IV of France playing a game of Primero with Biron, the Duke and Marshal of France. Biron had betrayed the King and conspired against him. Following the card game, King Henry IV took Biron aside and asked him to confess so that he may spare his life. Biron refused and vehemently denied the claims and was arrested, tried, and executed privately at the Bastille shortly after.
This 134+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Immerse yourself in the royal scandal and courtly intrigue as Period Paper has appointed a stately collection of images to reveal the intricacies of the French Royal Court. From Medieval to Renaissance, these French Kings and Queens live opposite to both the commoner and common sense. The conspiracies, extramarital affairs, and deaths depicted in the images make this visual chronicle of the French Royal family seem more like an episode of Desperate Housewives than actual history. Don't be a King's fool though, this collection is too rich to pass up, and it would indeed be a royal mistake to miss out on the amazing stories behind each image in the collection. Appoint thyself to continue perusing the portfolio of images, and let thy majesty's hand command the royal mouse to click on the link provided below the condition paragraph to continue. Jouir! (Enjoy!)
This piece was illustrated by Fredericks, Alfred. Artist initials in print - bottom left of image.
Keywords specific to this image: Game, Costume, Fashion, Gabrielle d'Estrees, Monarch, Noble, Sword, Parlor, Medieval, Renaissance