Catherine de Medici
Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) was a French queen consort of Henry II, whom she married in 1533, and mother of Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III.
At first outshone by Henry's mistress Diane de Poitiers (1490-1566), she became regent 1560-1563 for Charles IX, and was politically powerful until his death in 1574.
At first scheming with the Huguenots, she later opposed them, instigating the murders known as the Massacre of Saint Bartholomew in 1572.
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Catherine de Medici was Queen consort of France from 1547 until 1559.
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