• Medici

    Catherine de Medici: a historical anti-heroine

    When we think of historical figures, it’s often the heroes who take the spotlight—the noble warriors, the brilliant thinkers, the charismatic leaders. However, history also has its fair share of anti-heroes—characters who possess qualities that challenge traditional notions of heroism. Catherine de’ Medici, the 16th-century Queen consort of France, stands as a prime example of a historical anti-heroine. Her life and political career are rife with controversy, manipulation, and a relentless pursuit of power. In this article, we will delve into Catherine’s story and compare her to well-known anti-heroes from literature, showcasing why she epitomizes this intriguing archetype. To truly understand Catherine de’ Medici, we must first examine the context…

  • Medici,  Renaissance

    Which philosophers influenced a young and impressionable Catherine de Medici?

    ChatGPT thinks it knows, and the answer it spat out did NOT inspire me with confidence. *facepalm* Catherine de’ Medici, a prominent figure in Renaissance Europe, served as Queen consort of France from 1547 to 1559 and later as Queen Mother from 1559 to 1589. While it is difficult to pinpoint specific philosophers who directly influenced her leadership style, several philosophical and political ideas prevalent during her time may have shaped her approach to governance. see this website Niccolò Machiavelli: Catherine de’ Medici lived during a period when Machiavelli’s political treatise “The Prince” was highly influential. Machiavelli advocated for the use of cunning, pragmatism, and a willingness to employ any…

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    Who was Machiavelli? A short guide to the Italian author who defined a Renaissance prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian Renaissance political philosopher, historian, and writer. He is best known for his influential work, “The Prince” (Il Principe), which is considered one of the most important treatises on political philosophy. Machiavelli served as a diplomat in the Republic of Florence during a time of political upheaval in Italy. His experiences and observations of power struggles and the behavior of political leaders greatly influenced his ideas on politics. “The Prince,” written in 1513, was intended as a guidebook for rulers, advising them on how to gain and maintain political power. In “The Prince,” Machiavelli emphasized the practical aspects of politics, focusing on strategies and techniques…

  • France,  History,  Medici,  Renaissance

    On this day: Catherine de Medici dies at Chateau de Blois

    Louis, Cardinal de Guise Louis, Cardinal de Guise 19th Cent depiction of the murder of the Duc de Guise. From Wikipedia. 19th Cent depiction of the murder of the Duc de Guise. From Wikipedia.more tips here Catherine during the 1560s. Courtesy of Wikipedia Catherine during the 1560s. Courtesy of WikipediaL to R: Charles, duc de Mayenne, Henri IIII, Christine of Lorraine, Catherine de Medici L to R: Charles, duc de Mayenne, Henri IIII, Christine of Lorraine, Catherine de MediciThe courtyard of Chateau de Blois, with the 17th Century Gaston d’ Orleans wing. Photo by me. The courtyard of Chateau de Blois, with the 17th Century Gaston d’ Orleans wing. Photo…