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BERNARD DE NOGARET DE LA VALETTE
2nd Duc d’Épernon

Gravure,

Born in Angoulême in 1592
Died in Paris 25 July 1661





Portrait, Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette, young man
Bernard de Nogaret de la Vallette,
duc de la Vallette

Portrait, Gabrielle de Bourbon, Mademoiselle de Verneuil
First wife of Bernard
Gabrielle de Bourbon, Mademoiselle
de Verneuil, duchesse de la Valette

Portrait, Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette

Portrait, Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette, Lombards Library

Monsieur le duc de la Valette
Bernard de Nogaret, duc d’Espernon
Gouverneur de Guienne

Lombards Library 011

Portrait, Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette

Bernard Duc d'Épernon de la Vallette
Oil on Canvas attributed to Louis Testelin
The portrait hangs on a chimeypiece at the Chateau de Cadillac.



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These two portraits are mirror images of each other, except for the shield:
this one is the duc’s own coat of armes. The shield below the portrait is perhaps the shield of Burgundy; not clear.

Gravure, Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette, by Pierre Daret, Paris 1654<BR>

The caption on this gravure by Pierre Daret (Paris 1654) is very detailed and in French. To summarize:
BERNARD DE FOIX DUC D'ESPERNON de la Valette et de Candale, Peer of France, Captal (Prince) de Buch, Count of Foix, of Montfort, of Astarac, and of Benauges.
Baron of Cadillac, of Caumont, and of Plassac, Knight of the king's "orders", Governor and Lieutenant general for His Majesty in Burgundy, and Colonel General of the French Infantry.
He was one of the generals at the Siege of St Jean d'Angely 1621 where he was wounded. He was involved with the conquest of Savoie, and the attack of Suze in 1628; then the Siege of Nancy in 1632. Other military activities are documented: Bayonne, 1637; Luxembourg along with his brother, the Cardinal de la Valette; Lt. General of the king's army comanded by the Prince de Condé at the Siege of Fontarabie in 1638. From the loss of that battle, he sought refuge in England; the caption also mentions that he secretly returned to France to get his "woman" [mistress] and the riches of his chateau at Plassac. After the death of Cardinal de Richelieu he was able to return to France.It would be possible to read the whole caption at the website that provided this gravure.

Portrait, Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette

Bernard Nogaret de la Valette, Duke of Épernon, Colonel general in the royal infantry, fled France in 1638 after having been falsely accused of treason. Living for several years in England, he returned to France after the death of Louis XIII once the judgment against him was repealed.

When this portrait was made, Bernard was serving as Governor of Burgundy.

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Catalogue number GLAHA 8761.

Portrait, Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette

Picture, Cross of Saint-Esprit

Enameled medallion of the Ordre du Saint-Esprit, a very high honor in France.
Bernard received this honor as did his father, and others in his family.

Picture, Cross of Saint-Esprit
A bronze and enameled version of the same.

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Painting, by Abraham Bosse, Order of the Garter ceremony, 14 May 1633
In this painting, King Louis XIII presides at the ceremony appointing new Chevaliers (knights) into the Ordre du Saint-Esprit (Order of the Holy Spirit) at Fontainebleu on 14 May 1633. This would be about when Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette was awarded the order.

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Picture, robe of investiture, chevalier de l'ordre du Saint-Esprit

Ceremonial robe of the Emperor Alexander I of Russia (1777-1825) upon his investiture as a Chevalier of the Ordre du Saint-Esprit in 1815

Notice the fine embroidery and appliques, with crowns and other royal insignia.

Musée national de l’Ermitage, Saint Pétersbourg, Russia.

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Picture, robe of investiture robe, chevalier of the ordre du Saint-Esprit

LOUIS-CHARLES-GASTON, LE DUC DE VERNEUIL
son of Bernard de Nogaret de la Valette and Gabrielle Angélique de Bourbon, Mademoiselle de Verneuil

Portrait, Louis-Charles-Gaston de la Valette, le duc de Candale

Portrait, Louis-Charles-Gaston de la Valette, le duc de Candale

Medallion, England, about 1640
The Most Noble Order of the Garter

Picture, Medallion of the English Order of the Garter
Medallion, England, about 1640
The Most Noble Order of the Garter

The order's emblem, depicted on insignia, is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: "shame upon him who thinks evil upon it", or "evil to him who evil thinks") in gold lettering. Members of the order wear such a garter on ceremonial occasions.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England.
Catalogue No. 273-1869.

Picture, Moliere statue in Paris
The statue of Molière in Paris,
corner of Rue de Richelieu and Rue de Molière


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