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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).

Cath′erine de Mé•di•cis′

(də meɪ diˈsis)

also Cath′erine de' (or de) Med′i•ci

(dəˈmɛd ɪ tʃi)
n.
(Caterina de' Medici) 1518–89, queen of Henry II of France.
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They have audaciously adjusted, in the name of "good taste," upon the wounds of gothic architecture, their miserable gewgaws of a day, their ribbons of marble, their pompons of metal, a veritable leprosy of egg-shaped ornaments, volutes, whorls, draperies, garlands, fringes, stone flames, bronze clouds, pudgy cupids, chubby- cheeked cherubim, which begin to devour the face of art in the oratory of Catherine de Medicis, and cause it to expire, two centuries later, tortured and grimacing, in the boudoir of the Dubarry.
Catherine de Medicis had a mourning-bed made for her of black velvet powdered with crescents and suns.
Catherine de Medicis and others, Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters (The OtherVoice in Early Modern Europe: TheToronto Series, 35), trans.
1) While Shakespeare had examples of transgressive female power aplenty to draw upon--whether fictive or factual--this essay argues for a contemporary female monarch as prototype for Tamora: Catherine de Medicis, who ruled as queen consort, queen regent, and queen mother of France from 1547 to 1589 and whose legendary status as archetypal wicked queen had already gathered currency in her own life time.
1) Pour illustrer la nature complexe de ces rapports passant a travers les Alpes il serait necessaire de prendre en consideration les repercussions du gouvernement de la reine florentine Catherine de Medicis et de ses conseillers italiens, (2) aussi bien que le pouvoir economique des compagnie commerciales de Florence, Lucques et Genes, (3) les rencontres entre la cour francaise et les principautes italiennes (4) et encore la reception en France de celebres ecrivains italiens du Trecento (5).
In the rhetoric of the royal entourage, the king becomes alternately a benevolent father and a new Hercules, two images that enable the Bourbon to dissociate himself from his immediate royal predecessors, and in particular to distance himself from Catherine de Medicis.
Performance, Poetry and Politics on the Queen's Day: Catherine de medicis and pierre de Ronsard at fontainbleau.
Mae'n debyg mai Catherine de Medicis, gwraig Henri II, brenin Ffrainc ddechreuodd y peth nol yn y 1550au.
Catherine de Medicis, the queen consort of King Henri II of France, was one of Nostradamus's greatest admirers.
While the inclusion of actual historical figures, such as Catherine de Medicis, might seem to inhibit character construction, such historical personages can, as Aude Deruelle demonstrates, enable Balzac to reassess and even reconstruct their characters, turning them into a particular kind of 'personnage reparaissant'.
Catherine de Medicis, Marie de Medicis, and Anne d'Autriche, all of foreign birth, all vulnerable, took it on themselves to act as intermediaries between the son, their sovereign, and "his" government.
In an unusual deal, the importer of a 600-year-old line of cologne originally created for the 16th century Queen of France Catherine de Medicis has secured one of the few remaining warehouse spaces in SoHo.