Catherine de Medici Debate

Catherine's childhood and marriage

Her parents died when she was an infant. She was imprisoned for a large portion of her childhood in a nunnery and almost killed twice when the rebels had taken over Florence. She was also used as a marriage pawn by several popes because of her large dowry that she inherited from her mother Madeline de la tour d'auvergne and because Pope Clement was related to her. Her marriage to Henry was done to try and bring together France and the Papal States, giving France land and money, the death of Clement meant this failed and Catherine became hated by France for bringing them nothing. She had a very hard and traumatic childhood and married life, which could have contributed, to her firm line on politics and the events of the French wars of religion. She was not a stranger to conflict and suffering.

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