from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A French ruling dynasty (1328-1589) that succeeded the Capetian line when Philip VI ascended to the throne.
  • A historical region and former duchy of northern France. A county from the 10th to the 12th century, it was an appanage of the royal house of Valois after 1285.

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  • n. French royal house from 1328 to 1589


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  • In 1784, a woman named Jeanne de la Motte, who claimed to be a descendant of King Henry II of France, and liked to use the name Valois, became the mistress of Cardinal de Rohan.


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  • "Valois," he slowly says, "you have seen these native land-barons at the Convention.

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  • Sometimes the dead live on in your dreams ... at least that's true for Roy Valois.

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  • Its Valois Cafeteria, a classic neighborhood eatery, has occasionally been visited by President Obama upon his returns to Chicago.

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  • Above him the most Holy Trinity, beneath him the hart drinking from the fountains of water, the common vision of Saints John of Matha and Felix of Valois, the two founders of the Order, who kneel at the sides:

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  • Catherine de Valois, daughter of the French king is born in troubled times.

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  • "Comparatively little is known about the rather bizarre life of Catherine de Valois, wife of Henry V, but one of the best historical novelists around has conjured up a fascinating portrait of this forgotten queen."

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  • Catherine de Medici, the mother of the Catholic king of France, Charles IX, had arranged for her daughter Margaret of Valois to marry the Protestant Henri, King of Navarre, a union that might heal France by ending the bloodletting between Christians.


  • The music publishers Boosey and Hawkes rescued it after it had become a Mecca dance hall in the Second World War, bringing in Ninette de Valois's Sadler's Wells ballet and reopening on 20 February 1946 with a gala performance of The Sleeping Beauty with Margot Fonteyn.

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