"Which Florentine woman was mother to 3 kings of France, and wife to another? "
Asked by mohd yousuf, 09 Feb '08 03:55 pm
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Catherine De Medici: Catherine de Medici, Queen of France, the wife of one French king and the mother of three, was born at Florence in 1519. She was a daughter of Lorenzo II de Medici and a French princess, Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne. Having lost both her parents at an early age, Catherine was sent to a convent to be educated; and she was only fourteen when she was married (1533) at Marseilles to the Duke of Orleans, afterwards Henri II. It was her uncle, Pope Clement VII, who arranged the marriage with Francis I. Francis, still engaged in his lifelong task of making head against Charles V, was only too glad of the opportunity to strengthen his influence in the Italian peninsula, while Clement, ever needful of help against his too powerful protector, was equally ready to hold out a bait. During the reign of Francis, Catherine exercised no influence in France. She was young, a foreigner, a member of a state that had almost no weight in the great world of politics, had not given a ...moreAnswered by jameel ahmed, 09 Feb '08 05:31 pm
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