The king [Francis I] successfully retained the services of the best musicians left by his predecessors.... Choirboys were much in demand for they alone could hit the high notes. While some were taken from the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, others were kidnapped from cathedrals elsewhere in France. Two, for example, were snatched at night from Beauvais. The fate of such choirboys was considered enviable, since their upkeep was paid for by the king. They were dressed like pages with black breeches, a doublet and a flet hat trimmed with black velvet.With John Rhys-Davies as Francis I. And Molly Ringwald as Anne de Pisseleu.
—Robert J. Knecht, The French Renaissance Court
October 16, 2008
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