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The Queen's Talisman

No Queen in France caused such execration as Catherine de Medici, who was accused of being a power-hungry, unscrupulous woman, a witch, a poisoner. After centuries of ill repute in the twentieth century, historians have reassessed the figure of this Florentine who married a man who did not love her preferring his lover, the beautiful Diane de Poitiers, and became widow too soon and found herself in the position to rule over a great nation and fight palace intrigues plotted by those who from the beginning with contempt had called her “l’italien”, the italian, the foreigner. 924 more words

Astrologic Talisman

Mademoiselle Chanel By CW Gortner

San Francisco author CW Gortner writes  historical Renaissance fiction, including the novels The Last Queen, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, and the The Queen’s Vow.  104 more words


Who introduced ice cream into Europe

Ice cream has been introduced into Europe by Italian duchess Catherine de’ Medici in the 16th century. When she married the Duke of Orléans (Henry II of France) in 1533, she is said to have brought with her to France some Italian chefs who had recipes for flavoured ices or sorbets. 83 more words

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Blois – A Majestic Menagerie

I have vague memories of visiting the Chateau of Blois many years ago and watching the Son-et-Lumiere show, where giant coloured pictures were projected onto the main facades of the chateau. 533 more words

European Nomad

The Women of Chenonceau

The grand chateau of Chenonceau was built in the 16th century by Thomas Bonhier and his wife Katherine Briconnet on the foundations of a former fortified castle and mill. 653 more words

European Nomad

5 Fun Ballet Facts

What better way to start off a Monday than with some fun facts? Ballet is a very old art and sport and is rich in history (just how old? 53 more words

The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis

(Cover picture courtesy of Goodreads.)

From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely .

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