By the time Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave Château Amboise to Roger Ducos, one of his henchman, the ancient church of Saint Florentin was falling into decay.
Religion being very much out of favour with French Revolutionaries, Ducos ordered its demolition.
Ducos was on the committee which voted for the death of Louis XVI.
Although Napoleon honoured Ducos many times, when the Emperor’s star began to fade, Ducos turned coat and voted to get rid of him.
At the restoration of the monarchy he tried to weasel his way back into power but was exiled to Germany as a hated regicide.
In 1863, an archaeological dig of the site of Saint Florentin unearthed a skeleton and fragments of a tomb with the remains of carved letters –EO -AR –DUS –VINC- and French medals dating from the reign of François I.
Leonardo’s remains were re-interred in Saint-Hubert’s chapel.
A bust of Leonardo was put up on the spot where he was found.
Read more about Leonardo da Vinci and his connection with the Loire Valley in Leonardo da Vinci: The Amboise Connection (available from Amazon).
The book was written to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death in 1519 at Clos Lucé, Amboise, France where he spent the last three years of his life.
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Pamela, a Graduate and Tutor in the History of Art, trained as a magazine journalist at the London College of Printing and has been a freelance writer for over twenty years. She has a passion for history and has published several books on various subjects. Click hear to see all of Pamela’s books.