The Royal Library at Fontainebleau!

So let me turn your attention to a wonderful room in a gorgeous castle full of history of France and Europe. One of my favorites and the first one ever visited in France with my dear late wife Martine. Let me tell you briefly of the Royal Library of Fontainebleau castle in Fontainebleau , dept 77 Seine-et-Marne, east of Paris.

As said, this castle brings lots of memories for me and my family and we love it every minute we can be here, as Friends of the castle I keep up with its walls.  The Royal Library grew and it became a major one of France and the world.

It all started as usually old with a King, this time was François I. One of the lasting visitor resident of the Château de Fontainebleau.

Fontainebleau

On May 22, 1544, king François I ordered an inventory of the library at Blois to prepare them for a move to the nearby Chateau de Fontainebleau.   The 1,896 items were soon on the move, arriving at their new home by June 12 under the supervision of his private librarian. From 1537 it received a copy of every French publication. By 1546, the English ambassador toured the new Royal library at Fontainebleau as François I proudly showed his new library to them. It was remarked during the tour that he had commissioned French   translations of the Greek books he had purchased through his agents in Greece. During his reign, fine bindings became the craze and many of the books added by him and Henry II are masterpieces of the binder’s art.

Fontainebleau

The Royal library at Fontainebleau grew steadily, even after François’ death. By 1567, it held 3,650 books. Scholars were so eager to get their hands on the books that they petitioned Catherine de Medici to move the Royal library closer to a building in Paris. The library was moved to Paris between 1567 and 1593, and the first real catalog of its holdings was compiled in 1622. First opened to the public in 1692, the library was moved to the Mazarin Palace in the rue de Richelieu in 1721 and underwent successive expansions thereafter. The library was renamed the Bibliothèque National de France  in 1795, and it benefited by the revolutionary confiscations of church and parish book collections and later by Napoleon’s acquisitions. Most of them are still there, very well organized. Now located at Quai François Mauriac 13éme Paris.

The official webpage: Official webpage of the National LIbrary of France

Tourist office of Paris on the National LIbrary of France

Official Chateau de Fontainebleau on Francois I

Enjoy it  ,open to the public and by the Seine river, nice.  However, do go to Fontainebleau and see the old library still there waiting with its wonders, a joy! The photos are from Fontainebleau. Hope you enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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3 Comments to “The Royal Library at Fontainebleau!”

  1. Imagine the logistics of moving and organising all those books! What a beautiful room!

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