French noblewoman and writer / 1492-1549 / born as Princesse de Valois / sister of King Francis I of France (reigned 1515-1547) / married from 1527 to King Hen­ri d’Al­bret of Navarre / mother of Jeanne d’Albret (1529-1572), who transformed Navarre into a Reformed kingdom in 1555 and who supported the Huguenots in opposition to the French throne / grandmother of King Henry IV of France (reigned 1589-1610), who ended the French Wars of Religion and who issued the Edict of Nantes in 1598 / patron to Marot, Calvin, and Rabelais / 1547 publication of Chan­sons Spirituelles / 1549 publication of the Heptameron, a collection of 71 erotic stories