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FULL NAME: Marguerite Augustine de Molay



BIRTH: September 3, 1503

AGE: 16


Marguerite Augustina de Molay is the youngest daughter of the Comte Jean de Vertus and the Douairière Vicomtesse Marie de Narbonne. Both the Comte and Comtesse met when she was made a widow by the Vicomte de Narbonne, of who was an old friend of Jean de Molay, who was then a simple Seigneur who inherited the title of Comte de Vertus upon the death of Marie’s father, Jacques de Vertus. Although Marguerite is not her father’s heir, as that is taken over by her older brother, François, she and her sisters were raised with the intent of becoming one of the grand ladies in the King’s court. They were pampered, being prepared to take up the position as wife to some high ranked noble. They were educated above most their contemporary women with a love of hunt, riding, and military strategy. They, too, enjoy the pastimes of their contemporaries, such as embroidery and pageants.

In the fall of the year 1519, the Comtesse Marie de Narbonne passed due to a rare sickness. This left the Comte free to take another wife; he felt compelled to do so as he did not wish to spend the remainder of his life alone. So he took the Lady Matilda de Sancerre as his new Comtesse. This woman is just a few years older of Marguerite and despises her stepchildren above everything; everyone that is but François. She seemed to be jealous that the Comte’s daughters received more splendor and love than she herself did. And naturally, the Comtesse thought to remove her competition for her husband’s affections.

In the dawn of the year 1520, Marguerite and her younger sister, Elizabeth, came upon a startling discovery. They caught their darling brother and their stepmother in a compromising position of an affair. Both were extremely loyal to their father and instantly thought to tell him of this wrongful deed. Matilda, not wishing to be divorced and be forced to a nunnery because her family wouldn’t accept her after such a disgrace, immediately sought to remove the girls from their father’s house. That night, she went to Comte Jean and asked that they start to find a suitable match for the girls. The Comte believed this request by his wife to be one of great care for his daughters, and not a deceiving action, and so he immediately began the hunt. This caused him to be too busy to stop and pay the slightest attention to his daughters.

Two weeks later, Marguerite returned from a hunt with Elizabeth, only to discover that she had a fiancée waiting for her hand; Elizabeth had one as well. The Comte was overjoyed as he announced this was Matilda’s idea and that she was to marry the Duc de Guelders while Elizabeth would marry the Vicomte de Châtellerault. The girls weren’t pleased about the union, as both the Duc and Vicomte had a reputation of being a harsh man. That same week, both of the girls parted from their beloved Vertus for their new homes and their new husbands.

Marguerite arrived in Guelders on May 2, 1520 and married the Duc on May 5. She took to this marriage the best she could, taking solace in the works of the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt. She through her fate as easy and dutifully as she could, knew how Elizabeth acted against her own husband. The Duc never tried to give her ill will and treated her gently as any man should treat their wife. Soon, she found herself in love with him and him in love with her. The first time she was pregnant, the Duc and Duchesse were extremely happy and even more so to learn that it was a son. They named him Henry and quickly provided him with younger siblings.

From then on, Marguerite lived a happy life and from the letters she received from Elizabeth, her sister did so as well. Both girls were quite content with their status and their families and wrote each other frequently. But then, amid this happiness came great sorrow with the news that their stepmother was with child, a child they firmly believed to be François’s own. Soon after, they heard reports of trouble in Vertus, which lead up to their father’s death; his death was soon discovered to be the work of poison. They instantly suspected it to be the work of the ever jealous Matilda. They and their families returned to Vertus for the first time to attend the deceased Comte’s funeral. While they were there, they discovered something of the most unique and scandalous sort. They discovered plans for the murder of François’s recent wife, of whom he was obviously so in love with, the Comtesse Angelique de Bigorre and his legitimate heirs.

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