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Journey to France: romance and adventure are involved in this story. Catherine de’ Medici, an Italian duchess, married a French Duke, Henry II, in 1553. Catherine enticed Giuseppe Ruggeri to bring his prized recipe for traditional artisan gelato to her husband’s delighted court in France. 488 more words

Giuliana Maravalle

Paris In Portland: The Art Of The Louvre's Tuileries Garden • Part Seven: Medici Column

The seventh in a series of posts highlighting the Portland Art Museum’s outstanding international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden—exploring the art, design, and evolution of Paris’ most famous garden. 105 more words


On a recent trip to France, as kitcsh-en slave, I found myself inevitably hunting down ingredients that although they are mostly available in the UK, still filled me with delight at their capture. 409 more words

Nuts & Bolts....recipes

Better than Fiction: Biographies with Kick

When faced with the life story of an accomplished person, more than a few people will make an excuse to read something else. Biographies have an undeserved reputation for being ponderous, even boring tomes that linger on minutae. 637 more words


Jeanne of Navarre and the French Wars of Religion

Jeanne d’Albret was the queen regnant of Navarre from 1555 to 1572, and is often acknowledged as both a key political and spiritual leader of the Huguenots during the French Wars of Religion. 1,510 more words


The Early Life of Catherine De Medici

The history of Catherine de Medici is one that is often written with a view to the persecutions of her son’s reign, and a consideration of her role in the massacre of the Huguenots, which took place in 1572. 1,352 more words