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Marie de Medici - Maria Tuscanny - (1573-1642) became the second wife of King Henry IV, in 1600. After his assassination, she was regent for her son Louis XIII. She reversed the policies set by her husband and nearly bankrupted France with her extravagance. Her son Louis XIII eventually forced her into exile, where she lived with the artist Peter Paul Rubens. Her lifestyle deteriorated as an exile and she died in abject poverty in Germany. Her son later repented his treatment of his mother.

Catherine de'Medici-Queen of France mother of three kings. she brought culture, fashion and art to the French. But most importantly, she brought her Italian chefs with her to teach the French to cook.

Catherine de' Medici, daughter of Lorenzo II de' Medici and of Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne, was a Franco/Italian noblewoman who was Queen consort of France from 1547 until 1559, as the wife of King Henry II of France. Born: April 13, 1519, Florence Died: January 5, 1589, Château de Blois Spouse: Henry II of France (m. 1533) Children: Charles IX of France, Henry III of France, Parents: Lorenzo II, Duke of Urbino, Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne. Wikipedia

Catherine De Medici, Queen of France. I had little knowledge about her but knew she brought ballets to the French court. I wish there were a film or documentary about her more.

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

Gaston, Duc d’Orlèans (1608-1660), younger brother of Louis XIII, took part in many of the conspiracies of the nobles against Louis XIII’s minister Cardinal Richelieu, and against his own brother. A constant irritant to the crown with a duplicitous personality, he was renowned for constantly changing sides to save his own skin.

Marie de' Medicis, Queen of France, as a girl. By Scipione Pulzone? at the Pitti Palace.

Marie de'Medici seems to have lacked any maternal feeling; she had her son, later Louis XIII of France, whipped every morning. All it did was to make him terrified of all women except nuns.

Marie de' Medici (French: Marie de Médicis; 26 April 1575 – 3 July 1642) was Queen of France as the second wife of King Henry IV of France, she acted as regent for her son, King Louis XIII of France, until he came of age.[1] She was noted for her ceaseless political intrigues at the French court and extensive artistic patronage.

Portrait length color image of Catherine de Medici aka. Queen Consort of France, by George Stuart.

Full length color image of Catherine De Medici aka. Queen consort of France, by George Stuart.

Catherine de Medici - Wife and Queen consort of King Henry II of France