Catherine De'Medici

500: Catherine de’ Medici & her daughters-in-law

To celebrate the 500th birthday of the formidable Catherine de’ Medici, we will be posting seven articles over the next seven days about her. This is the fourth, and it will focus on her relationships with her daughters-in-law. Read part three here. Catherine de’ Medici had five sons with her husband King Henry II of [read more]

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Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of France

The Kingdom of France originated when Hugh Capet was elected King and founded the Capetian dynasty. Before, the area of the Frankish empire was ruled by several dynasties. Hugh Capet was married to Adelaide of Aquitaine, and she was known as Queen of the Franks. They had three children that can be accounted for, including Hugh’s [read more]

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Château de Chenonceau – The White Queen’s Refuge

The current château de Chenonceau was built between 1514 and 1522 and replaced a medieval castle. It was built by Thomas Bohier, Chamberlain to King Charles VIII of France. In 1535, the château was seized from Bohier’s son by King Francis I of France for unpaid debts. His son, King Henry II, gave the château to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. Diane created [read more]

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Queens Regent: Catherine de’ Medici

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Catherine de’ Medici was born on 13 April 1519 as the daughter of Lorenzo II de’ Medici and Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne. She was orphaned just a month later when her mother died of either [read more]

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Adelaide of France (1732 - 1800)

The Royal Women of the Basilica of St. Denis

Outside of the Basilica of St. Denis Last weekend I went on a Groupon day trip to Paris. While the organisation around the trip left something to be desired, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I visited several places, and I will be posting them in several articles as I have MANY pictures. My first stop of [read more]