“Mountains do not rise without earthquakes.”
– Katherine MacKenett
Chaos is what we make of it – a fire of destruction or a sea of opportunities. In the middle of the intense religious and civil conflict, Catherine De’ Medici, the Queen of France and member of the powerful Medici family of Italy, clawed her way out of chaos and climbed the ladders of the French court to rise as not only one of the most influential but powerful figures of 16th century.
From being orphaned days after being born, taken hostage by rebel forces, to becoming the Queen consort of France and Regent to three successive kings, let’s a peek into the life of the 16th century royal consort.