Françoise was transferred to Soissons from the royal double monastery (of monks and nuns) of Fontevraud; this probably explains the emphasis given to the monks, the foremost of whom was presumably named Etienne. The miniature was probably painted for Françoise when she was at Fontevraud, and the arms and crosier were added in 1522, when she became abbess of Soissons. (The monk's arms, which were on his prie-dieu, were doubtless overpainted at the same time). She resigned in 1539 and died in 1560 (see Histoire de l’abbaye royale de Notre-Dame de Soissons, Paris, 1675, pp.255–61).
This is both a very unusual composition, and an intersting example of a miniature being adapted in response to the changing status of its patron.
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