Catherine de' Medici Timeline

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  • 1519 - 1589
    Life of Catherine de' Medici, Queen of France.
  • 1519 - 1523
    Catherine de' Medici is raised by others after the death of her parents.
  • 1523 - 1533
    Catherine de' Medici is brought up and educated in Rome.
  • 1533
    Catherine de' Medici is married to Henry II of France.
  • 1544 - 1555
    Catherine de' Medici has ten children with Henry II of France.
  • 1559
    Henry II of France dies; is succeeded by his son Francois II.
  • 1559 - c. 1576
    Catherine de' Medici is the power behind the French throne through her sons.
  • 1560
    Francois II dies; is succeeded by his brother Charles IX.
  • 1572
    Catherine de' Medici supports the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.
  • 1574
    Charles IX dies; succeeded by Henry III.
  • 1588
    Henry III eliminates his political opponents; Catherine de' Medici disapproves and her health fails.
  • 1589
    Catherine de' Medici dies, probably from pleurisy.
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