Jeanne d’ Albret

Jeanne d’ Albret was a key leader in the Huguenot party in France in the 16th century. In 1555, Jeanne’s father died, and Jeanne became ruler of Navarre in her own right. Jeanne declared, on Christmas of 1560, her conversion to the reformed faith. In spite of pressures from all quarters, she courageously stuck to her faith, maintained her power, and determinedly fought for the freedom of people from different faiths to live peacefully together. Jeanne always acted according to her conscience, fulfilling her duties as a queen, and her responsibilities as a mother who had to bring up a future king.