Françoise Crespin du Bec, Dame de Buhy et du Grand-Plessis-Marly

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About Françoise Crespin du Bec, Dame de Buhy et du Grand-Plessis-Marly

Du Plessis' mother was a daughter of the Vice- Admiral du Bee Crespin, Sieur de Wardes, and Normandy where all her kinsfolk lived was specially open to outside influences through its ports. It was a natural highway from England and Scotland on the one hand to Southern Germany and Switzerland on the other. In du Plessis' boyhood Dieppe was almost wholly a huguenot town and Knox, in his journeys to and from Geneva stayed long months there preaching constantly. The family of du Bee Crespin were many of them ardent protestants even before du Plessis' birth. When Madeleine, a girl of sixteen, married Francois de Mornay, Sieur de Buhy, she must already have been imbued with the strong theological bent which made her subsequently so shining a light in the reformed church. She might have been in the minds of the writers of the English and Scottish Confession of Faith 1643, when they spoke of the importance of the mother of the family. " And doubtless many an excellent Magistrate hath been sent into the Commonwealth, and many an excellent Pastor into the Church, and many a precious Saint to Heaven, through the happy preparations of a holy education, perhaps by a woman that thought herself useless and unserviceable to the church."

From the little sketch of the Sieur de Buhy, given in his son's memoirs, Francoise du Bee Crespin would seem to have been fortunate in her marriage. The family at Buhy must have been an exceptionally good example of a sixteenth century household. It did not belong to the highest nobility, although it could claim kinship in some degree with many of the greatest names. At a moment in middle life when du Plessis needed all the powerful support possible, such families as the Tremouilles, the Rohans, the Chatillons and that of Turenne, then Duke of Bouillon, willingly acknowledged his claims on them as their kinsman. But if the Mornays were not of the highest nobility they were far above the mass of the country gentry, mostly poor and often much below the bourgeois landed proprietors in education and decencies of life.

Dame Francoise de Bee, his wife, was thus left a widow at the age of twenty-nine, having been married at sixteen and having borne her husband tenchildren, of whom four sons and two daughters were living, all very young.

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Françoise Crespin du Bec, Dame de Buhy et du Grand-Plessis-Marly's Timeline

1530
1530
1546
1546
Age 16
1549
November 5, 1549
Age 19
Buhy, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France
1555
1555
Age 25
Buhy, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France
1591
May 19, 1591
Age 61
Mantes-la-Jolie, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France
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