Francis I, 1515 – 2015 The Renaissance in the Loire Valley

Five centuries have passed since the morning of 14 September 1515, which brought such a resounding victory to the young king of France. At the Battle of Marignano, the death of over 15,000 men demonstrated the courage of the glorious and triumphant monarch who in recognition of his military qualities was knighted by Bayard in person.

Henceforth known as the Duke of Milan, he returned to Marseille to be met by his mother, Louise of Savoy, and his wife, Claude of France, who then accompanied him on his journey as he made his celebratory entrance into the towns of the region. It was at Marignano that Francis I truly became king of France – a monarch for peacetime as well as well as during times of war – and he has been remembered as a true knight of the Renaissance ever since.

2015 will celebrate the 500 anniversary since the ascension of Francis 1 to the throne and the Loire valley will host a series of events celebrating the reign. (French & English)

We are planning a group press trip from 16th until 19th of April 2015.

To apply for a place on our press trips, please contact us on

Applications will be considered based on our media criteria. Please drop us an email to request the criteria.

A letter of commission will be required from freelance journalists.

All participants will be required to have their own relevant travel insurance prior to the trip.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Your Atout France Media Team.

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