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Marie of Valois, Prioress of Poissy

For other people named Marie of Valois, see Marie of Valois (disambiguation).
Marie of France
House House of Valois
Father Charles VI of France
Mother Isabeau of Bavaria
Born July or August 1393
Bois de Vincennes, Paris
Died 19 August 1438
Palais Royal, Paris
Religion Roman Catholic

Marie of France (July or August 1393 – 19 August 1438) was the daughter of Charles VI and his wife, Isabeau of Bavaria. She was a member of the House of Valois and became a nun.


Marie was born at the Bois de Vincennes and was the sixth of twelve children, eight of them including Marie lived to adulthood.

Marie's father was known to suffer from a hereditary mental illness. Isabeau had destined her daughter for the church, possibly because she saw her husband's madness as a punishment from God.[1]

Marie entered the convent of Poissy on 8 September 1397, taking her vows as a nun on 26 May 1408. She was the only one of the children that had a religious life; the rest of her surviving siblings were married off.

At the time Marie entered the convent the prioress was her great-aunt, Marie of Bourbon, who was the sister of the younger Marie's paternal grandmother, Joanna of Bourbon. Entering the convent with young Marie as a companion was another Marie, the daughter of Christine de Pizan. Christine described a visit to Poissy in 1400 in her work "Le Livre du Dit de Poissy,"[2] where she was greeted "joyously and tenderly" by the seven year old Marie of Valois and the Prioress. Christine also described Marie's lodgings as befitting a royal princess.[3]

Marie later became prioress of the convent. She lived out the rest of her life here. She died of the Black Death on 19 August 1438 at the Palais Royal in Paris and is buried at the convent.[4] The only of her siblings who survived her was King Charles VII.



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