Daughter of Louise de Savoy, one of the most learned and politically powerful women of her time, and Charles, count of Angoulême. Marguerite's brother became King of France as François I in 1515. Marguerite received a fine classical education and grew up to become a true Renaissance woman. After marrying Henri II of Navarre, she made his court into a center for the arts and humanities. A writer herself, she was the friend and generous patron of many artists and reformers, whom she protected from persecution. She passed on the family tradition of strong women to her daughter, Jeanne d'Albert, who became Queen of Navarre in her own right.