Rita Crane Photography: Statue of Henri IV, Pont Neuf, Paris
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Reposting this one for contacts who may not have seen it before, and because it's "I love Paris" week in my photo studio :0) Winter rainstorm colors are dreamy, for sure, which is why i like to travel to Paris in the winter.
The rain that afternoon had brought wonderful color to the skies over Paris, and to this gallant statue of Henri IV. (La pluie avait apporte' de belles couleurs au ciel de Paris, et a cette statue gallante d'Henri IV. Vous pouvez lire au sujet de ce roi, un des plus respecte' de France, sur les pages de Wikipedia, l'encyclopedie sur l'internet. www.wikipedia.com ... ou l'on peut choisir la version francaise. Une partie de la version anglaise trouvee a Wikipedia suit mon introduction.)
Henri IV is France's most loved King, a progressive monarch who encouraged religious tolerance, supported urban development - had the Pont Neuf built that connected the left and right banks of Paris - cared enough for his people to insure that all peasants and workers had a chicken in the pot on Sundays.....was intent, in other words on spreading prosperity. This is the first equestrian statue in Paris, erected originally in 1624.
From Wikipedia: "French: Henri IV; December 13, 1553 – May 14, 1610), was the first monarch of the Bourbon dynasty in France. Henry was nicknamed Henry the Great (Henri le Grand), and in France is sometimes called le bon roi Henri ("good king Henry") or le Vert galant ("the Green gallant").......
Henry IV proved to be a man of vision and courage. Instead of waging costly wars to suppress opposing nobles, Henry simply paid them off. As king, he adopted policies and undertook projects to improve the lives of all subjects, which made him one of the country's most popular rulers ever.
A declaration often attributed to him is: Si Dieu me prête vie, je ferai qu’il n’y aura point de laboureur en mon royaume qui n’ait les moyens d’avoir le dimanche une poule dans son pot!
God willing, every working man in my kingdom will have a chicken in the pot every Sunday, at the least!
This egalitarian statement epitomizes the peace and relative prosperity Henri brought to France after decades of religious war, and demonstrates how well he understood the plight of the French worker or peasant farmer. Never before had a French ruler even considered the importance of a chicken or the burden of taxation on his subjects, nor would one again until the French Revolution.