Catherine de' Medici

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Cath·e·rine de Mé·di·cis

 (kăth′ər-ĭn də mā-dē-sēs′, kăth′rĭn, kät-rēn′) or Catherine de' Me·di·ci (mĕd′ĭ-chē′, mĕd′ē-) 1519-1589.
Queen of France as the wife of Henry II and regent during the minority (1560-1563) of her son Charles IX. She continued to wield power until the end of Charles's reign (1574).
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Catherine de' Medici


Catherine de Médicis

(Biography) 1519–89, queen of Henry II of France; mother of Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III of France; regent of France (1560–74). She was largely responsible for the massacre of Protestants on Saint Bartholomew's Day (1572)
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The first recorded instance claiming that his mother was black comes from a sixteenth-century French account written after his death, as Alessandro's probable half-sister Catherine de' Medici (1519-1589) was a controversial and influential Queen of France.
Henry was the third son of Henry II and Catherine de' Medici. The early deaths of his father and two elder brothers brought Henry to the throne in 1574 in the midst of endemic religious warfare between France's Catholic majority and Huguenot (Calvinist) minority.
Catherine de' Medici, wife of King Henry II of France, was one of Nostradamus's greatest admirers.
David LaGuardia's chapter opens the collection with an analysis of the significance of politically-situated memory in epistolary practices, with a case study of texts exchanged, described, and discovered between Catherine de' Medici and Jeanne d'Albret.
Another section gives short biographies of patrons, dedicatees, and first owners, among them Catherine de' Medici, queen of France (1519-1589), Claude de France, queen of France (1499-1524), Edward VI, king of England (1537-1553), Louise de Savoie (1476-1531), and others.
Catherine de' Medici, an Italian noblewoman who was Queen of France from 1547 until 1559, tasked the Italian landscape architect Bernard de Carnesse with building the garden in line with the Italian Renaissance style between the Seine river in the south, the rue Saint-Honore in the north, the Louvre in the east and the city walls in the west.
After Henry's death, his widow Catherine de' Medici took residence and reigned from Chenonceau as Queen Regent, laying more formal gardens and building a gallery on top of the bridge, giving the chateau its unusual but beautiful appearance.
When he is introduced to Catherine de' Medici (Hannelore Hoger), the Catholic queen of France, she arranges a marriage between Henry and her daughter Margot (Armelle Deutsch), certain the alliance will stop the budding conflict.
Mary was fifteen and Francis fourteen when they were married with spectacular pageantry and magnificence in the cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, by the Cardinal Archbishop of Rouen, in the presence of Henry II, Queen Catherine de' Medici, the princes and princesses of the blood and a glittering throng of cardinals and nobles.
Catherine de' Medici is occasionally mentioned as providing favors for Louis de Gonzague, yet otherwise is curiously absent from the analysis.
While castle fatigue set in before we could visit Ch--teau d'Usse, the castle that inspired Perrault's Sleeping Beauty, Catherine de' Medici's Ch--teau Chenonceau more than made up for it.