• Books,  Medici

    Examining the strange marriage of Marie de Medici

    Marie de Medici might not receive the same amount of attention as her cousin Catherine from historians, but she deserves her own turn in the spotlight. I wish that modern historians would spend more time on her, but she’s fallen out of favor in academic circles since the Nineteenth Century. Speaking of the Nineteenth Century, few female writers have written more about the French Renaissance court than Martha Walker Freer. I’m not going to lie, in graduate school, they taught us to take Nineteenth-Century histories with a grain of salt because many of them were written without bothering to use any primary documents whatsoever. Still, I have a lot of…

  • Medici,  Movies

    Starz casts actress to play Catherine de Medici in new series

    The new Starz historical drama has finally found their lead, casting a Swiss actress to play Catherine de Medici. Morton has experience in the era, having played Mary Queen of Scots previously. The upcoming series is titled The Serpent Queen, which I initially assumed meant it was based on Jean Plaidy trilogy about Catherine. It’s instead based on Leonie Frieda’s 2004 biography of Catherine, Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France. Hopefully, with a biography as a basis, they’ll get some facts right about Catherine. Fingers crossed. Edited to Add: Based on the later castings, I’m going to go with a “No” in the historical accuracy. Oh well. I also…

  • France,  Medici,  Renaissance

    Get to know Catherine de Medici

    I’ve written four books at this point about the French Renaissance, and Catherine de Medici is a major supporting character in all of them.  You cannot get away from studying 16th Century France without a thorough understanding of Catherine’s life  as Duchess, Dauphine, Queen Consort, and finally, Queen Mother of France. Free sources about Catherine de Medici Some books include Catherine in sketches of several royal women.   Women of the Valois Court concentrates half of its contents on Catherine. A Girl’s Book of Famous Queens lumps Catherine in with several of her fellow queens.  Noted court gossip, Brantome, lists her in his compilation of Illustrious Dames of the Court…