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dynasty able to rid himself of any intrusion by hostile Ita­ lian feudal rulers such as the Duke of Milan and the Doges of Genoa. As if Lambert’s military and diplomatic successes were not enough, he also left a full Treasury. And he had one additional legacy to bequeath on Mo- naco’s ruling families that would endure; he created an official motto to guide them. And it reflected a modesty flowing from sincere religious beliefs. Over 500 years later Monaco’s official motto of the House of Grimaldi is Deo Juvante — «With God’s help». Lambert died in 1494 having created a fam- ily of six children with Claudine. Jean II, his son, would succeed him to take Monaco into the six- teenth century. The Prince’s Palace of Monaco King Charles VIII of France Over 500 years later Monaco’s official motto of the House of Grimaldi is Deo Juvante — «With God’s help». in these negotiations with the French King Louis, his next move on the diplomatic chess-board was to marry his son Jean to Antoinette of Sa- voy. This match was looked upon favourably by the French so when King Louis was succeeded by King Charles VIII, Lambert closed the deal he had patiently sought. But what a deal — protection without surren- dering independence! The documents signed in 1489 clearly leave out total submission to the French King as liege lord. And critically the French had no rights or authority over Monaco. In addition, Lambert became Counsellor and Chamberlain to the King of France. This was the crowning achievement of Lambert’s 37-year reign — independence and protection for Mo- naco. With France’s protection assured, he was 132 / Hello Monaco Winter 2018–2019 www.palais.mc