It's important to note that the Queen of France gave birth in front of several people, who were present to confirm if the child who was born indeed came from the queen's womb; this practice insured infants could not be swapped out for other babies. It's alleged the baby entered the world with dark purple skin, perhaps from being deprived of oxygen during labor. Others, however, believed the queen's African servant to be the child's father. The queen nearly died from the difficult birth, which took place at the Louvre and was attended by many members of the court.
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He was famous as the "Queen's dwarf" and "Lord Minimus", and was considered one of the "wonders of the age" because of his extreme but well-proportioned smallness. He fought with the Royalists in the English Civil War and fled with the Queen to France but was expelled from her court when he killed a man in a duel. He was captured by Barbary pirates and spent 25 years as a slave in North Africa before being ransomed back to England.
From battlefield comedians to unfortunate messengers, jesters played varied roles in courts through the Middle Ages and Tudor period. Writing for History Extra , author Karen Maitland explores what life was like for these men and women.
Founded in as a public museum to showcase the royal art collection and later expanded to comprise a number of nationalized private collections, Museo Nacional del Prado is one of the greatest museums in the world.
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