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Heralds announcing the death of Charles VI to his son, c1500, (1843). Artist: Henry Shaw

Heralds announcing the death of Charles VI to his son, c1500, (1843). Artist: Henry Shaw


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Heralds announcing the death of Charles VI to his son, c1500, (1843). Artist: Henry Shaw

Heralds announcing the death of Charles VI to his son, c1500, (1843). Heralds carrying the pennon or banner of France, announce the death of King Charles (1368-1422). He was succeeded by his son who became Charles VII. Illustration from Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages from the Seventh to the Seventeenth Centuries, by Henry Shaw, (London, 1843)

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Accession Announcement Bad News Charles Vi Fleur De Lis Henry Henry Shaw Herald Hose King Charles Vi King Of France Messenger Shaw Tights


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This print by Henry Shaw, titled "Heralds announcing the death of Charles VI to his son" transports us back to the year 1500. The scene depicts a significant moment in history when heralds carrying the pennon or banner of France deliver the devastating news of King Charles' passing to his son, who would later become Charles VII. The artist's attention to detail is evident in every aspect of this illustration. The vibrant colors and intricate medieval attire worn by the messengers create a visually stunning composition. Their tights and hose reflect the fashion trends of that era, while their solemn expressions convey the weightiness of their task. The presence of flags bearing fleur-de-lis, symbolizing French royalty, further emphasizes the importance and gravity surrounding this event. As we observe these men fulfilling their duty as heralds, we are reminded of both their role as messengers and ambassadors for their country. Shaw's meticulous rendering transports us not only through time but also into a world where news was delivered with great ceremony and significance. This print serves as an invaluable historical document that allows us to glimpse into a pivotal moment in French history. Through this artwork, we gain insight into how communication was conducted during medieval times and witness firsthand how power transitions occurred within royal families. It is truly remarkable how one image can encapsulate so much history and emotion within its frame.

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