| born c. 1492 - died June 1, 1543 |
Character's backstory:Philippe Chabot and the future King Francis I were brought up together and Chabot took part in the king's Italian campaigns - both were taken prisoner in Pavia. After a brilliant military career, the admiral returned to France where he became involved in court intrigue and fell into disgrace in 1541. Accused of embezzlement, he was imprisoned and his property confiscated. Through the intervention of the duchess of Etampes (mistress of Francis I), he was restored to the king's favor shortly before his death in 1543. Chabot was buried in Paris at the church of the Celestines - in the chapel of the prestigious Orléans family, because of his kinship with them. His son Léonor commissioned the tomb
Gentility: Chabot family was one of the oldest and most powerful in Poitou
Position: Admiral of France, Governor of Burgundy
|From Eric Ives' Life and Death of Anne Boleyn :|
"...Chapuys had said of the friction between Henry and Anne over the new 'mistress', these were lovers' quarrels and not much notice should be taken of them. If some of them were provoked by Anne's natural resentment at the king's shallow gallantries to other ladies, at other times the queen would laugh about such flirtations. She nearly caused an international incident at a banquet on 1 December 1533 by bursting into laughter when she was talking to the French ambassador [Chabot]. Offended, he had asked,'How now, Madam! Are you amusing yourself at my expense or what?' Trying to mollify him, Anne explained that Henry had gone to bring another guest for her to entertain, and an important one, but on the way he had met a lady and the errand had gone completely out of his head.
In the relationship between Henry and his second wife, storm followed sunshine, sunshine followed storm. A fortnight after the Venetian report that Henry was satiated with her, the returning French Ambassador [Chabot] told Paris that she was very much in charge...
...The problems facing Anne - the lack of a son, the intransigence of Mary, increasing unpopularity - were compounded by the international situation. As always, the controlling reality was the hostility between Francis I and Charles V....Henry and Francis each tried to exploit their alliance in a thoroughly selfish fashion. The result was a great deal of suspicion, one of the other, and with Anne personifying to the English the French connection, the opprobrium fell on her.
Anne had been fully involved in the attempt to postpone the meeting between Henry and Francis proposed for the summer of 1534, and the expected arrival of a French embassy in the following November was prepared for with care and enthusiasm. The admiral of France [Chabot] was. however, bringing an imperial suggestion of a settlement between Charles and Francis which involved the marriage of Mary to the dauphin. This shocked Anne because it implied that her patron, Francis, considered that Mary had a better claim to the English throne than her own daughter, and matters were made even worse whent he French were lukewarm at Henry's counter proposal for a marriage between Elizabeth and Francis's third son. The result was a perceptible coolness on the side of both the French envoy and the queen. Anne nevertheless did her best to improve matters towards the end of the mission, and we hear of her entertaining the admiral at the final great banquet, while Henry sought out Gontier, the ambassador's secretary and a man of considerable influence to come to talk with his wife."
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"In November 1534, Norfolk was deputed to receive
Francis I's special envoy, Philippe Chabot de Brion, Admiral of France, who had come to help restore good relations between England and France, which had deteriorated. The Admiral was lodged at Bridewell Palace, entertained by Norfolk and Suffolk, and invited to dine with the King at court. The Queen [Anne Boleyn] who had met de Brion in Calais in 1532, was offended when he failed to follow the practice of previous French Ambassadors and send her a courteous message of goodwill, for she had planned to give a banquet in his honour. But the Admiral did not request an audience. The King noticed the omission and dropped a heavy hint that the envoy should pay his respects to the Queen. Nevertheless, de Brion was chillingly aloof in her presence and did not participate in the dancing and tennis she had arranged for him. Instead, he struck up a friendship with Chapuys which alarmed Anne greatly.
Worse was to come. The Admiral proposed a marriage between the Lady Mary and the Dauphin, ignoring Elizabeth entirely, then stated that if Henry would not agree to this, his master would marry his son to the Emperor's daughter -- an alliance that would leave England, at this critical time, isolated in Europe. Henry and Anne were mortified, and the King angrily repudiated the proposal, suggesting instead that Elizabeth be betrothed to Francis' third son, Charles. The French were unmoved.
Anne was under immense strain at this time. The King of France was no longer her friend, she had failed to give Henry the son he so desired, and she was miserable at his continued involvement with his unnamed mistress. She had enlisted Lady Rochford's help in getting rid of her rival... who was temporarily banished from court." ~ Alison Weir's Henry VIII: The King and his Court.
On April 20, 1534, Jacques Cartier sailed off Saint-Malo, France, with sixty-one men on two ships. Francis I, King of France, gave him a clear order: to find the islands and the country that were rumored to be rich in gold and other treasures. Cartier was presented to the King as an experienced captain able to lead a long expedition, because he knew the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and had sailed the coast of Brazil. The voyage turned to be exceptionally smooth: the ships crossed the Atlantic Ocean and following the Viking trail, discovered the Canadian shores in twenty days. But the sailors were disappointed to discover only infertile lands. Near Newfoundland, they came into first contact with the natives (the Indians hunted seals in the area) and then sailed along the coast of Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands. Cartier named the first island Brion, after Phillippe de Chabot, seigneur de Brion, grand admiral of France.
Cartier wrote : “The island in question is the best land we have seen, as one acre of this land is worth more than all of Newfoundland. We found lots of beautiful trees, meadows, fields of wild wheat and flowering peas, as many kinds and as beautiful as any I have ever seen in Brittany, and it looked as if they had been planted there by man’s hand. There are many currants, strawberries and roses, parsley and other sweet-smelling herbs.”