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Margaret of France – The flower of the French

Margaret of France was born around 1279 as the youngest child of Philip III of France and his second wife, Marie of Brabant. She was thus the half-sister of Philip IV of France. Margaret was still only around six years old when her father died in 1285, and her half-brother Philip became her guardian, and she [read more]

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500: Catherine de’ Medici & her daughters

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 sixth, and it will focus on her relationships with her daughters. Read part five here. Over the years, Catherine gave birth to ten children of which five were [read more]

Catherine De'Medici

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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Margaret of France – Junior Queen of England

The term Junior Queen sounds foreign to us now, but in medieval times sons were sometimes crowned King in their father’s lifetime in order to prevent succession disputes. Margaret of France was a Junior Queen of England as the wife of Henry the Young King, son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Margaret was [read more]

Book Reviews

The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone Book Review

The Rivals Queens features two Queens, who coincidentally were also mother and daughter. The infamous Catherine de’ Medici and her perhaps equally infamous daughter Margaret of France have both led extraordinary lives. Catherine de’ Medici was born on 13 April 1519 as the daughter of Lorenzo II de’ Medici and Madeleine de la Tour D’Auvergne [read more]