Catherine de' Medici, Queen Mother of France, dies from lung
infection. Her last surviving son, Henry III, was to die eight
months later, assassinated by a fanatical Dominican friar. She had
held sway over French politics for three decades, since the death
of her husband Henry II in 1559, guiding and manipulating the
decisions of her young and vulnerable sons Francis II, Charles IX
and Henry III as they struggled to hold the crown of France.
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Editors. "Death of Catherine de' Medici, Queen Mother of France". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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