Biography of Catherine de' Medici


Catherine de' Medici. Born in 1519, great grand-daughter of Lorenzo the Magnificent, niece of Pope Clement VII. Queen to Henry II of France, acted as regent during the minority of her second son, Charles IX. Her policy was to play off the parties of the Guises and the Condes against one another. She instigated the massacre of St. Bartholomew. Died 1589.