Thursday, February 10, 2011
Catherine de Medici
Leonie Frieda's biography helped me better understand Catherine de Medici's place in French history and the disastrous fissures caused by the French wars of religion. It's quite long and fairly detailed although she includes maps and family trees to help you keep all the Henris, Valois, Bourbons, and Guises sorted out. And if you're looking for traces of the queen in current day Paris, you'll have to search. The Tuileries palace is long gone as is the Hotel de la Reine which sat near the present day Bourse de la Commerce. The only thing that remains of that palace is a single column which she and her astrologer used to track the planets and plot the future.