catherine navarre
Catherine of Navarre

Queens Regnant – Catherine of Navarre

Catherine was born in 1468 as the daughter of Gaston of Foix, Prince of Viana, and Magdalena of Valois. Her father was the son of Queen Eleanor of Navarre, but he died before her and thus never became King. Instead upon the death of Queen Eleanor, her elder brother Francis succeeded as King of Navarre. He [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]