"THE CARDINAL OF LORRAINE IS GOING TO METZ… QUEEN MARY EITHER TO JOINVILLE OR TO SCOTLAND": EXCEEDINGLY RARE 1561 AUTOGRAPH LETTER IN FRENCH TO CATHERINE DE MEDICI FROM THE LADY-IN-WAITING TO HER DAUGHTER, QUEEN ISABELLA OF SPAIN (ELIZABETH OF VALOIS) AFTER HER MARRIAGE TO PHILLIP II OF SPAIN, WITH NEWS OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
(QUEEN ISABELLA) LOUISE DE BRETAGNE. Autograph letter signed. Toledo, Spain, February 20, 1561.
Rare February 20, 1561 three-page autograph letter signed by the lady-in-waiting to 15-year-old Queen Isabella of Spain (Elisabeth de Valois), writing Catherine de Medici, mother of the young queen, with news of her daughter's illness, rumors of an invasion of Tunis by the Turks, the recent funeral of King Francis II, and the possible journey to Scotland of Francis' widow, Mary Queen of Scots—who did depart for Scotland that August. Long seen as a threat to the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Mary was executed at Fotheringay Castle in 1587. Letter in French with English translation provided. $9500.