Catherine De Medici Orphaned in infancy Catherine de Medici was the sole legitimate heiress to the Medici family fortune Married at fourteen to the future Henri II of France she was constantly humiliated by his influen

  • Title: Catherine De Medici
  • Author: Leonie Frieda Anna Massey
  • ISBN: 9780752869490
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Orphaned in infancy, Catherine de Medici was the sole legitimate heiress to the Medici family fortune Married at fourteen to the future Henri II of France, she was constantly humiliated by his influential mistress Diane de Poitiers When her husband died as a result of a duelling accident in Paris, Catherine was made queen regent during the short reign of her eldest son Orphaned in infancy, Catherine de Medici was the sole legitimate heiress to the Medici family fortune Married at fourteen to the future Henri II of France, she was constantly humiliated by his influential mistress Diane de Poitiers When her husband died as a result of a duelling accident in Paris, Catherine was made queen regent during the short reign of her eldest son married to Mary Queen of Scots and like many of her children he died young When her second son became king she was the power behind the throne.She nursed dynastic ambitions, but was continually drawn into political and religious intrigues between Catholics and Protestants that plagued France for much of the later part of her life It had always been said that she was implicated in the notorious Saint Bartholomew s Day Massacre, together with the king and her third son who succeeded to the throne in 1574, but was murdered Her political influence waned, but she survived long enough to ensure the succession of her son in law who had married her daughter Margaret.

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    One thought on “Catherine De Medici”

    1. This book is very well written and presents an unbiased view of the Queen and her royal family, significant events and key people in her era- (whether it be friends or foes). I especially like it when she includes views held by other authors, third party personalities and from the so called experts.

    2. What a vivid account! I loved the descriptive detail of unbelievable episodes from the 16th century French court. Frieda adds just enough detail and context to add dimension to her biography without ever making the reader feel as though they've lost track of the main narrative - the life of a singular diplomat and remarkable woman, Catherine de Medici.

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