In a previous paper dealing with Marie of Brabant, wife of Philip III of France, I chanced upon the fact that Marie of Brabant and Jeanne I, Queen of Navarre, Countess of Champagne and Brie and wife of King Phillip IV of France, and Blanche-Anne, daughter of Saint Louis IX of France and wife of the Infant of Castille, had all chosen to be buried with the Franciscans. It appears there was no problem with this, except in the case of Jeanne whose husband wanted her buried at Saint-Denis, the burial place for those associated with the royal house of France. Still, Jeanne was allowed to be buried according to her wishes. I found this curious. Why did Jeanne I of Navarre and Marie of Brabant and Madame Blanche-Anne wish to be buried with the Franciscans and not at Saint-Denis with the French royal family? Jeanne I of Navarre had a husband who was greatly devoted to her and with whom she had been brought up since early childhood in the court of France. Marie had been queen of France. Blanche-Anne was the daughter of a very celebrated king of France. Did they not wish to be associated with the French throne? Or were these three women such friends that they planned similar burial sites? Or were the Franciscans so special to these women? Or was there still something else? It is to answer these questions that I have begun this paper. And, in so doing, I shall explore the relationships of the three ladies with each other and with their families. I will then examine their relationships with the Franciscans and the society in which they all were living in an effort to shed some light on the why of their funeral arrangements.
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