Let's turn the page: she is the fiancée of the Dauphin of France, the son of Henri Il and Catherine de Medici. To tell the truth François, even younger than her, has nothing very attractive: a large head, slender limbs, a tendency to rickets. These physical defects do not matter! We introduce the little Scotswoman to the beautiful manners of the Court of France.
Finally, in 1558, on August 24, we married the two teenagers, still children! Marie is now, in title, Dauphine of France, and her husband the Dauphin is head over heels in love with her. He loves his young wife as one loves a mistress ...
Let's read the next page: trumpets, banners, shields and heavy armor, caparisoned horses. All the best of chivalry is in the running. The ladies in hennin occupy the stands, decorated with coats of arms and pennants. Suddenly, during the tournament, Henri II, king of France, is wounded to death by the lord of Montgomery, his captain of the guards, who thrusts his spear - this one having raised the visor - through the temple, bursting his eye and piercing his brain. We take the king off his horse. The helmet removed, we discover his face covered in blood.
The husband of Marie Stuart then ascends the throne and reigns under the name of François II: a poor little ephemeral reign, a reign which lasted only eleven months, from 1559 to 1560. Why this brevity? Here is the reason, while François II resided in Orleans, the fistula in the ear from which he suffered, formed an abscess. When the pus leaked, he felt relief, but as soon as the wound closed, the most excruciating pain tore his body. Also, for several days he uttered such violent cries that the curtains had to be drawn against the stained-glass windows, the windows padded, the doors closed so that the citizens of Orleans were not frightened by his dismal clamor.
One of his biographers tells us: “His complaints did not cease until his last sigh. Francis II, on December 5, 1560, restored an innocent soul to God. And so was erased from the earth the memory of the one whose main merit remains to have been the husband of Mary Stuart ”.
But the watch of Master Moyse? Here we are ... I cannot help but compare, as I said above, the date of the death of François II and that of Moyse's installation in Blois. See rather: King François II reigned, as we have seen, from 1559 to 1560 and Moyse, him, delivered to Marie Stuart, in 1560, the famous watch with death's head. In other words, it is possible to think that it is in memory of the death of her husband that she ordered this macabre watchmaker from Blésois adorned with the funeral motto memento mori. Finally, let us note again that Orleans and Blois are two almost neighboring cities!