Notes for JACQUES DE LA FONTAINE II:
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A shoemaker took them in and taught Jacques II how to mend and to make shoes. He not only supported himself and his brothers on his meager wages, but soon was able to establish his own business, in which he prosperred. He married in the early part of 1603 and his first son Jacques III was born the same year.
After his wife's untimely death, Jacques remarried. His wife, apparently in order to inherit his fortune, tried to poison him. Propmt medical attention saved his life. In spite of Jacques' efforts to hush up the poison attempt, his wife was tried and condemned to death. Upon learning that King Henry IV was visiting at la Rochelle, Jacques applied to him for a pardon for his wife.
King Henry IV "wanting to judge from the man's appearance whether there was an
excuse for the wife's act", demanded that Jacques appear before him. When he saw him,
he shouted, "Let her be hanged, let her be hanged. He is the handsomest man in my
Notes for ABRAHAM DE LA FONTAINE: Abraham Fontaine, the only known brother of Jacques II , was about twelve years old at the time of his father's death in 1563. He married three times; his wives being Madames Reau, Broussdaux and Bouquet.
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