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

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5910

Scope and Contents note

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.

Dates

  • 1571

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

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.

Extent

1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language

French

Abstract

Photocopies and postcards of letter written on 8 January 1571 by Catherine de Medicis to Monsieur de Fourquevaux, member of the King’s privy council and ambassador to Spain.

Custodial History note

Donated by Kenneth Rendell in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Kenneth Rendell; 1987.

Appraisal note

Literary Manuscripts.

Related Archival Materials note

DC 119.8 .F75x 2003; DC 119.8 .K64 1998.

Processing Information note

Processed; Meghan Mathews; 4 September 2007.
Title
Register of Catherine de Medicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589 letter
Status
Completed
Author
Meghan Mathews and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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