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Caterina de' Medici

Catherine de Medici (1519 to 1589). Dauphine from 1536 to 1547, when she became queen. She was married to Henri II, but he neglected her for his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. She was rumored to have poisoned the Dauphin Francois, so that she and her husband could become king and queen.

Henri II (1519 - 1559). King of France from 1547 to 1559. He married Catherine de Medici and had eight surviving children. His mistress, Diane de Poitiers, had tremendous influence on him. He died after getting a lance to the eye while jousting.

Marie de Guise, Queen of Scotland, Mother of Mary Queen of Scots // Corneille de Lyon // circa 1537

Circa 1510 medallion capsule with miniature portraits of Charles IX. v. France (1550-1574) and his mother, Catherine de 'Medici Artist: Francois Clouet, Paris.

Portrait of Maria de' Medici (1575 – 1642) as a young girl. Queen of France and the second wife of King Henry IV of France

Catherine de Medici-Born: 13-Apr-1519 Birthplace: Florence, Italy Died: 5-Jan-1589 Location of death: Blois, France Cause of death: unspecified Remains: Buried, Saint-Denis Basilica, Saint-Denis, France De facto ruler of France, 1547-59.

Anne Boleyn was English, and Catherine of Aragon was Spanish; but in the 20+ years Catherine had been queen, her piety and goodness had won over the people, who were also affronted that a dutiful wife could be so easily cast off. Anne's big promise to Henry was that she could give him the male heirs he needed. When that didn't happen....

Catherine of Aragon was married to Henry VIII in 1509. "due to the English ancestry she inherited from her mother Queen Isabella I of Castile, Catherine had a stronger legitimate claim to the English throne than King Henry VII himself"