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Catherine de Medici

Catherine de' Medici

Catherine de Medici

Catherine de' Medici

Catherine de Medici.

Maria de' Medici

Marie 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.

Maria de' Medici, Queen of France circa 1600

Catherine de Medici

Queen Marie José, was the last Queen of Italy - Her 35-day tenure as queen earned her the affectionate nickname 'the May Queen'

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

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

Queen Henrietta Maria of France, Wife of King Charles I of England, (Grandmother of Queen Mary II and Queen Anne) with the dwarf, Sir Jeffrey Hudson, 1633

MARGUERITE DE VALOIS (1553-1615) Queen of Navarre 1572 and Queen of France 1589 - She was the last of the House of Valois - Daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. Queen of 2 countries, for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who became King Henry IV of France.

Isabelle of Castile, Mother of Catherine of Aragon

Diane de Poitiers

Elizabeth of Valois - eldest daughter of Henry II of France & Catherine de' Medici. Her father insisted she share her bedroom w/ her future sister-in-law, Mary, Queen of Scots. She had to give precedence to Mary –a crowned queen. The 2 would remain close friends the rest of their lives. Though her sister Margaret & Mary of Scots were prettier, she was still considered attractive. She married to Philip II of Spain. Philip was enchanted by his 14 yr old bride & gave up his mistress.

Diane De Poitiers by Jean Clouet

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....