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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

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Christina of Lorraine, by Scipione Pulzone Daughter of Charles III of Lorraine and Claude of Valois, and granddaughter of Catherine de' Medici. Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany died without a legitimate male heir; his brother Ferdinando ihimself the third Grand Duke of Tuscany.To preserve political independence, Ferdinando chose his distant cousin, Christine of Lorraine, favorite granddaughter of Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France.

Catherine de Medici's bedroom, Chenonceau Renaissance chimney and floor tiles Bedroom of Catherine de Medici. This bedroom contains 16th-century sculpted furniture and is decorated with a series of 16th-century Flemish tapestries retracing Samson's life.

Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

Catherine de' Medici

Portrait of Catherine de' Medici.

Catherine de' Medici, by François Clouet. As a widow, Catherine wore a widow's cap or a French hood. At the back of her ruff stood a high bl...