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Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) was married to King Henry II. She acted as a regent for her 15 year old son Francis II when he became King after Henry was killed by accident. …She got all the blame for the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572, in which thousands of Huguenots were killed in Paris and throughout France. She is famous for several reasons 1. She was the neice of the Pope 2. She was married to the King of France 3. She was the mother to several other Kings of France
Henry II of France
she became ill during her granddaughters wedding and died the next day
Catherine de Medici was an educated woman who had a flair for style. Upon entering Paris for her marriage to the prince who would become Henry II, she introduced the first… high heeled shoe. She produced seven surviving heirs to the French throne, including Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and served as Queen Regent until her sons reached majority.
She is known for being the Queen of France. She became queen after her husband had to become king taking the place of his father. Making Catherine the new queen.
She was born in Florence in Italy and spent some of her childhood hidden in a convent. As the wife of a royal prince and later as the Queen of France, she and her suite …were often going from one place to another. The châteaux that she lived in include Chaumont sur Loire, Blois, Amboise and Chenonceau.
APRIL 13 1519
Catherine De Medici was italian.
She was Roman Catholic-when she was a teenager her Uncle was the Pope.
she was an awesome queen and married henry the 2 of france :)
Catherine de Medici was the queen of France and was the wife of King Henry II of France.
In Caterina's age, Florence represented the height of worldly sophistication. It was a city from whence a highly profitable international banking business was run and, along w…ith Venice, Florence was the most conduit of entry for the exotic spices of the East. Being born into Florence's leading family, Caterina thus grew up in an environment of unique refinement and luxury. When she was married off to the french prince Henri (to become King Henri II in 1547) in 1533, part of the marriage agreement entailed that she was allowed to bring a retinue of master cooks and pastry chefs, and herein lies her contribution to what became the famous French cuisine. As a simple example of her contribution to the French cuisine, let it just be said that before her arrival (and for quite a long time afterwards) the French ate with their hands; Caterina did not, she brought the fork to France. Before her arrival French cooking was good, but not apparently much distinguished from those of Germany or England. She brought finesse, spice, presentational flair, technique and theatricality to the eating experience, this to a country that was (brutally put) a largely "meat'n'potatos" landscape. The Florentines also brought techniques to preserve and keep foods fresh for longer times. Later another Florentine married another French king, further strengthening the Franco-Florentine gastronomical cord. And in this context it is important to underline that this was specifically not a Franco-Italian cord (an explanation frequently suggested), but a clearly Franco-Florentine connection. Italy as a unified nation did not even exist until the 1860s, and even today Italy does not have a unified cuisine, but rather a collection of regional cuisines that differ quite markedly from each other. Had Caterina come from another part of Italy, say Naples, the effect would have been quite different. What we can easily say is that that she was (in culinary terms at least) in the right place at the right time, and she certainly sowed the the know-how and passion for food of her native city in a very fertile land. If the french kitchen went on to develop into one of the world's truly great world cuisines, they do owe a good share of that to Caterina opening new vistas to them at an early point in time. Would the french cuisine have reached greatness without Caterina? Maybe, but it would have been different. It was not just the food that made Caterina's importance so great. The fork, table manners, making dining a theatrical experience to be enjoyed by all the senses, luxury and refinement, not to mention her bringing about the inclusion of well-dressed women at the dining table, etc. Florence already had all of this; Caterina simply brought this with her to one of the great European courts, and the effects of her proud legacy can be felt to this day, in the fine food and dining experiences we encounter in modern french cuisine.
Catherine de' Medici was born on April 13, 1519 and died on January 5, 1589. Catherine de' Medici would have been 69 years old at the time of death or 496 years old today.
Even though she was born an raised a catholic, after her husband (Henry II) died and her teenage sons took the throne, she put aside her religious views in order to help make …peace between the feuding Protestants and Catholics