Catherine (Medici) de Médicis
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Caterina Maria Romola di Lorenzo (Medici) de Médicis (1519 - 1589)

Caterina Maria Romola di Lorenzo (Catherine) "Reine de France" de Médicis formerly Medici aka de' Medici
Born in Firenze, Repubblica fiorentinamap
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Wife of — married 28 Oct 1533 in Marseille, Provence, Francemap
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Died in Château de Blois, Blois, Touraine, Francemap
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Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France

Catarina de Medici was born on 13 April 1519. A homely woman,[1] she was the daughter of Lorenzo II de Medici, Duca di Urbino and Madeleine de la Tour.
More importantly, Catarina was Pope Clement's niece. It was he, who finagled around, convincing Europe's monarchs to agree ... and have her married off. And that's how she wound up with Henri II, the future king of France.[1][2]
They were married 28 October 1533 at Marseille. But the marriage contract was only signed the day before.[1] It should of been a sign...
It was a bad match, but Catherine was love struck. Her husband, on the other hand ... was absolutely repulsed. He would bed his main mistress, the older Diane de Poitiers, until his dying day.[1]
Ironically, it was this same mistress who finally got the pair to consummate the union, and have children. Before that, the mis-matched pair were a childless couple for almost a decade.[1]
It was only after Henry's death that Catherine came into her own. The mother of many sickly children, her role as regent became extremely important. And in fact, her political acumen is impressive. She even formed a group of beautiful female spies known as the Flying Squadron.[1]
Caterina finally died January 5th in 1589 at 69. But her body was not buried until February the 4th. Due to political strife in Paris, her body rotted at Blois.[1]
Strangely, her son Henri III had it, "dumped in an unmarked grave in the churchyard of Saint-Sauveur."[1] But it didn't move for 21 years until Diane de France put her "in the Valois rotunda" at Saint-Denis next to ... of all people ... her cheating husband![1]


Comtesse de Lauraguais.
Comtesse d'Auvergne.
Queen Consort of France


Madame la Serpente[1]
The Black Queen[1]
Maggot from Italy's Tomb[1]


m. Henri II, Roi de France. Issue:
  1. François II, Roi de France b. 16 Jan 1544, d. 5 Dec 1560
  2. Elizabeth de Valois, Princesse de France+ b. 1545, d. 1568
  3. Claude de Valois, Princesse de France+ b. 1547, d. 1575
  4. Louis de Valois b. 1549
  5. Charles IX, Roi de France+ b. 27 Jun 1550, d. 30 May 1574
  6. Henri III, Roi de France b. 19 Sep 1551, d. 2 Aug 1589
  7. Marguerite d'Angoulême b. 14 May 1553, d. 27 Mar 1615
  8. Hercule François de Valois, Duc d'Alençon et Anjou b. 1554, d. 1584
  9. Victoire de Valois b. 1556
  10. Jeanne de Valois b. 1556



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11
    Carroll, Leslie (2010). Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire. pp. 133-150. NY, NY: New American Library. Print.
  2. Roi de France, second son of François I, Roi de France and Claude de Valois, Duchesse de Bretagne. | Entered by Luiz Sergio Heinzelmann 02:16 21 Oct 2013

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Ted, please check carefully for possible duplicates. You missed one here. Medici-33
posted by Kitty (Cooper) Smith
De Medici-10 and Medici-33 appear to represent the same person because: Same family relationships, Medici is the correct Last Name at Birth
posted by John Atkinson

Catherine is 17 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 23 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 4 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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