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Both her mother, Michelette de Salvaing, and father, Jacques de Bactoz, were from well-known families in the Dauphiné
The Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois is a former province in southeastern France, whose area roughly corresponded to that of the present departments of :Isère, :Drôme, and :Hautes-Alpes....
. Denys Fauchier taught her to write Latin and verse. Claude would later write prose and verse in both French and Italian.
Claude became famous as a writer and intellectual and corresponded with many learned people, as well as with Queen Marguerite of Navarre
Marguerite de Navarre , also known as Marguerite of Angoulême and Margaret of Navarre, was the queen consort of Henry II of Navarre...
and King Francis I of France
Francis I was King of France from 1515 until his death. During his reign, huge cultural changes took place in France and he has been called France's original Renaissance monarch...
After she became abbess of the Monastery Saint Honorat in Tarascon
Tarascon , sometimes referred to as Tarascon-sur-Rhône, is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.-Geography:...
in 1542, Marguerite and Francis visited her there. Francis carried her letters around with him and would show them to ladies of his court.