Love Song from the Grave: Balthazzarini, Henry III, and N.G. Bach

So beautiful and sad


“Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions” – Anais Nin

So, you think you are romantic? So, you think you are romantic?

Henry III, Duke of Anjou and King of France from 1574 A.D. until his assassination in 1589 was the last monarch of the Valois dynasty.  Of all the sons of Catherine d’Medici and Henry II, Henry III eschewed the typical royal pastimes of hunting and sport (although he was notably fond of fencing), instead devoting himself to the arts and humanities.  The “grand passion” of Henry III’s life was said to have been the beautiful Princess Marie of Cleves, who unfortunately was married to Henri I de Bourbon, prince de Condé.  Fortunately, Henri I de Bourbon threw in with the Protestant cause, but wife Marie intended to remain Catholic.  When Henry III ascended the throne in 1574, he planned to procure a divorce…

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