1. Where were you born? Raised? I was actually born in France, in the Burgandy region, and I was raised there, on my father's estate. 2. Who was the most influential person in your childhood? My mother. She was an extremely intelligent, well educated woman, for her time. Our home was always orderly, clean and serene. Maman never allowed loud noises or rudeness, and she despised clutter or filth. My father was a merchant, and was rarely home.
3. What were your favorite hobbies as a child? I enjoyed outdoor activities, such as swimming and horseback riding. My mother taught me to play piano, though I did not enjoy it that much. I did enjoy reading.
4. How were you punished, when you misbehaved? I rarely had to be punished, as my mother had a gift of just looking or speaking a certain way, and I would change my conduct. I do remember my father whipping me, once, for mistreating a horse.
5. What food always reminds you of childhood? Spiced tea cakes. My mother made them frequently, and we would have them with tea, when we would sit and talk.
6. What was your favorite toy? As a small child, I had some small, carved soldiers. I enjoyed playing with those.
7. Did you suck your thumb? No. My mother would never allow that. Ruins the teeth.
8. Describe your most embarassing childhood moment. I recall overhearing some noblewoman disparaging my mother, saying that she married beneath her. I felt anger and shame for my mother, but when I mentioned it to her, she told me that pretentious people needed to find fault with others, so that they might avoid examining their own behavior.
9. How were you educated? I was tutored at home, and then spent time at court, where I learned fighting skills, as well as court behavior.
10. How would you describe your personality as a child? Is it different now? Why? I was a content, happy child, full of curiousity. I was well loved, and enjoyed the company of many friends in the area. I am more reclusive, now, since my wife died.
11. Did you have siblings? Describe them, and your relationship with them. I have none.
12. Did you get along with your parents? I did, though moreso with my mother than my father. My father was away most of the time, but he was a good man who provided well, and he adored my mother.
13. Tell us about the moment you knew that childhood was over. When I bedded my first girl.
14. Thinking back, list some of your favorite cultural things from childhood. That might be songs, movies, plays, trends, fashions, shows, crazes...be creative. I remember some of the dances and art, of the time, but nothing that really stands out.
15. What did you look like? I was tall for my age, rather thin, with dark curls and very dark blue eyes.
16. How was your health, as a child? I was quite healthy, save for a brief bout of fever when I was ten.
17. Did you have a "comfort device", such as a teddy bear, blankie or such? Do you still have it? No. I had nothing like that.
18. What was the most traumatic event in your childhood? My mother's death, just prior to my going to court.
19. What holidays did you enjoy, as a kid? Christmas was very enjoyable, in our home, and my father was usually in attendance. My mother loved the season, and always made it very special.
20. Did you have chores or other responsibilities as a child? I had to care for my own horse, and my dog, though we had servants. My mother also required that I keep my room tidy, and assist in the care of my personal attire. She also taught me how to cook, sew and clean well enough to care for myself.