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Catherine de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589 letter

Catherine de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589 letter

Dates: 1571

Includes a letter written on January 8, 1571 by Catherine de Medicis to Monsieur de Fourquevaux, member of the King’s privy council and ambassador to Spain. A private letter detailing Catherine’s views of relations with Spain. The French queen discussed the upcoming marriage in Portugal, negotiations at Torres, and the treatment of her granddaughters by the new Spanish queen, Anna of Austria. She notes the receipt of a gift of the Spanish king and concludes with assurances of personal affection and goodwill. Collection also includes one 4x5 negative of a photograph of Catherine de Medicis.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Catherine de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589
  • Call Number: MSS 5910
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Literary Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
French
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Catherine de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589 letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 5910; Catherine de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589 letter; Literary Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 5910, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Kenneth Rendell in 1987.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Kenneth Rendell; 1987.
Related Material
DC 119.8 .F75x 2003; DC 119.8 .K64 1998.
Subject Terms
Catherine de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589--Correspondence; France--History--16th century; Material Types; Queens--France--History
Genre / Form
Black-and-white negatives; Photocopies; Postcards
Processing Information
Processed; Meghan Mathews; 4 September 2007.
Appraisal Information
Literary Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS5910
Finding Aid Title
De Medicis (Catherine), Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589 letter
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Meghan Mathews and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-06T04:29-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Catherine de Medicis was queen consort of France from 1547 to 1559 as the wife of King Henry II of France.

Catherine de Medicis was born in Florence, Italy, as Caterina Maria Romola di Lorenzo de' Medici, the daughter of Lorenzo II de' Medici, Duke of Urbino, and Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne, countess of Boulogne. She was queen consort of France from 1547 to 1559 as the wife of King Henry II of France. After her husbands death in 1559 she was appointed regent for her underage sons. She ruled in that capacity from 1560 to 1574. She is well known for her role in the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572, in which thousands of Huguenots were butchered in Paris and throughout France. She died on 5 January 1589 at Château de Blois in France.



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Kristi Young
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