|IRL:||History's Catherine de' Medici|
|Real Name:||Catherine de' Medici|
|Title:|| Catherine, Queen of France |
Duchess of Urbino
|Predecessor:||Claude of France|
|Born:||13 April 1519|
|Originally From:||Florence, Italy|
|Husband:||King Henry † (Deceased)|
|Family:||Cortenza de' Medici † (Cousin)|
|Children:|| King Francis † (Son)
Queen Elisabeth (Daughter)
Princess Claude (Daughter)
|Affiliations:|| French Court|
|Portrayed by:||Megan Follows|
- "I learned long ago, that a secret known by only one person,
remains a secret."
- —Queen Catherine
Queen Catherine, also known as Catherine de' Medici, was born in Italy to a rich and powerful family as a noble woman. She married the future King of France and had ten children, including her favourite child, the late King Francis.
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Catherine is a strong, smart and well-educated woman. She loves her sons beyond her own life and has stated that she is willing to walk into hell for them. She no longer cares for her husband's attentions, and ignores his other women, as she is the only woman with real power.
When Catherine was a young child, her parents died of illness. The Medici, a powerful Italian family, were overthrown by the Florentine republic, and Catherine was held hostage in a convent by the rebels. Threats were made against Catherine to rape her, which are implied to have been carried out at some point. After years of captivity, she was rescued by the forces of Pope Clement VII, who held her in his embrace as he greeted her, giving her back her freedom.
Years later, Pope Clement VII arranged the marriage of Catherine de' Medici to the second son of the French king, Prince Henry. The marriage took place in France when they were both 14 years old. Catherine and Henry were very much in love, even if he had been seeing another woman before their marriage. However, Catherine was surprised when the other woman Diane de Poitiers continued to stay in both their lives. Catherine was very hurt to hear that Diane was pregnant before she was, and was devastated when it turned out to be a boy. However, not long after, Catherine was pregnant and was thrilled when it was born a boy as well. Henry named him Francis, after his older brother. Soon after, she was pregnant with a second child, who she named Elizabeth.
Two years later, Henry's father died, and Henry became the new King of France, making Prince Francis the new heir to the throne. Years passed, and Catherine and Henry had four more sons and four more daughters. Sadly her second Son died before his 1st birthday, and her twin daughters were murdered as babies.
Francis walked in late, greeting his sister Elisabeth who getting ready for her wedding later that evening. Not a minute after his arrival was her son protesting his marriage to the Scottish Queen, claiming "She had skinny legs, a missing front tooth, and opinions" last he remembered when they were children. His father scoffs at him to grow up and made a snide remark at his wife. King Henry, they wanted Scotland as an ally. Henry left the room once his clothing was finished being adjusted by the Royal tailor. Leaving both his son and wife unhappy with him.
- "Let him talk like a king. Your marriage won't happening Until I say so!"
- —Queen Catherine
Later, Catherine was with Nostradamus as they shared a drink of tea together. Catherine asks him if his visions of her son’s death have changed. Nostradamus confirmed that if Francis weds the Scottish Queen is will lead to his death.
- "How do I control a daughter-in-law who's a Queen in her own right?!"
- —Queen Catherine
Trumpets sounded as the entire Fresh Court gathered to greet the young Scottish Queen. Catherine arrived late and made a statement by standing in front of the king and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers
Before Mary could greet the Royals she was stopped by her son who cut across the grass to meet her. They exchange greetings and then walked arm-in-arm down towards the King and Queen of France for a proper introduction.
Queen Catherine found herself set before two young love bird who wish to marry each other. Catherine exclaimed how happy she was with their union, but asked the lady Lola to do a favour for her. Once she left the room Catherine instructs her ladies to do that same. Leaving her alone with the young Colin MacPhail.
That evening at Elizabeth and Philip's Wedding everyone was celebrating as Princess Elisabeth and King Philip have their first dance. Catherine watched Colin give his Queen the glass of wine. They both cheer and drank together.
Soon all the Scottish women were in the middle of the floor dancing. Henry watched one of the girls on the floor intently. Much to Diane's annoyance. Queen Catherine was annoyed too, the wedding has become overrun with Scots.
The next day Mary seeks an audience with her and her husband over her attempted rape. Requesting to speak to Colin herself, they both encourage her it was a bad idea. Catherine tells her not to give mercy to a man that tried to rape her. Mary demands to see her subject, but Henry told her it's too late. Colin had already been executed at dawn.
Catherine watches her son and Mary talking from a window. She asks Nostradamus again if his visions have changed. He informed her they have not. Catherine was annoyed at this started thinking of a new plan.
In the throne room Queen Catherine and King Henry are talking about their 2nd son future wife. A young French noble his own age who's family has lots of money and are loyal. Mary and her ladies-in-waiting have already arrived. When Henry agrees about Prince Charles wife Catherine tells him the young Lady Madeleine has her own giraffe, and if he's good, then once they are wed she will get him his own giraffe too.
Prince Francis is order to go to show respect, to the young Lady Madeleine who will be traveling ship to meet with her new fiancé. Mary suggests she comes along too since she too was once sent far away from home as a young child. Catherine tries to them convince Henry that maybe Madeleine should just meet them all here since it's a several hour journey. Henry laughs and thinks Mary going is a fine idea and sends them all on their way.
- "You know that Bash isn't really your brother. just your father's son."
- —Queen Catherine
The next day, down at the dungeon Nostradamus informs Catherine that as is tradition a red X is marked on the door of the person who is to be executed. But it was changed, and a thief was executed if Collins place and Colin has now escaped.
The next day Catherine and Henry inform Mary about the runaway Colin. Claiming that he was working with the English, and that is why she was attacked by him. She also informs the younger Queen not to worry, and the French soldiers will find him, wherever he hides. Mary then request since Colin is her subject that he be brought to her once he has been found.
After King Henry questions his wife's orders. Why he was not informed until that morning. Reminding her he is King and day or night be wants to be informed. Once Colin if found he wants to know what he has to say too.
The next day at their child's engagement party, Henry and Catherine walk together. They are arm-in-arm, but Catherine is soon discouraged by Henry again with his flirtatious behavior towards other woman in front of her.
The next day Francis confronts his mother, warning her not to tampering with Mary's life anymore. Promising that him being with Mary doesn't mean she will llosehim, and then walks off. As Catherine gets ready for bed to pulls her covers back and is startled to see a giant red X on her sheets.
Catherine was preparing herself for her own execution. Including; having her dress tied, new shoes, hair braided with it done up, tied up, and pinned up. Accompanied by golden jewelry, with rubies, as Catherine instructed the executioner to make the blow quick. Reminding him she had paid him extra to do so. She also informed him to be careful with her expensive necklace, she had promised to one of her ladies, as she placed her head on the chopping block. A maid brought a list of what would be served at the dinner. Catherine was annoyed, as it had prunes on it. She had strictly instructed them, no prunes because her youngest daughter was allergic.
When Catherine got up she requested to know with the flowers were, demanding they be in place before her execution. Another servant informed her that King Henry thought it too costly, however, Catherine did not care and demanded to see their placement.Catherine was quite annoyed with the flower preparations.
- "Shall I catch my own head in my hands too?!"
- —Queen Catherine
Catherine demanded to know when she could talk to Henry about her tombstone. She had wanted a Florentine sculpture and 20 tons of marble. Henry insisted he could not afford that considering she already had 100 musicians and ships made of silver and gold. Catherine assured him it was symbolic of her journey to heaven. Henry thought she was only dragging out her funeral preparations, Catherine scoffed at him. They both knew she couldn't be beheaded until they heard news from The Vatican. Henry didn't care, angrily telling her what they wrote about her would not ultimately matter. She passionately told him it would to her children. Henry walked off before she could continue to make negotiations about her funeral. Mary was only a couple feet from Catherine when she heard the royal trumpets. Sebastian told her it but it meant a Royal visitor had arrived.
Marie de Guise and Catherine were both in the throne room, talking about Catherine's pending death. Marie tried to place the blame on Catherine. Reminding her she had placed her upbringing with ‘’her’’. Informing her, she had apparently even threatened her daughter's life. Snidely telling Catherine, she gave up being a mother to Mary so that Catherine herself would raise her to be Francis’ wife. Catherine immediately knew what Marie de Guise was doing. She reminded her she traded in her daughter, for the protection of France against the English. Marie de Guise tried to use the pity card, saying she had been overwhelmed when her husband died. She had been left with Mary, who at the time was only a week old. Marie changed the subject to Nostradamus. Calling him a charlatan, and they got scared off with his make-believe words. Catherine also defended Nostradamus, claiming his words were no arguable debate.
- "I have sold my soul, and my child. To protect myself, and my nation. Mary may be Scotland's Queen.
But I admit King."
- —Marie de Guise
The conversation had changed, and Marie de Guise told Catherine how she too wanted Francis on the throne. Not without mocking Catherine, for her losing her husband to a mistress. But she made it clear she wanted Mary to wed Francis. Catherine told her that she was all but dead. If she wanted to fix things, she would have to do it herself.
Catherine decided to give Nostradamus the mast Clarissa has worn before her death. She figured it would mean more to him, as he had been more of a parent to her than she had. She wanted to know if her daughter had ever known happiness. Nostradamus told her she had for a short while. When she was younger she had lived in a village, and he would often hear her singing a song the villagers had sung to her.
Nostradamus told Catherine of his new visions. And how they now regarded Mary and Francis. He had always predicted Mary was tied to her firstborn's death. However since Clarissa was dead, and how she had actually been Catherine’s firstborn's, the visions changed. He now saw Francis and Mary together, living happily after their wedding. She was of course, furious at her friend. Her head was literally on the chopping block, because of his visions, and her son had disappeared. He then told her Francis had returned to court just that day. She furiously informed him that if she died, it wouldn't be before she saw him burn.
Catherine ran to greet her son. France's promise his mother he would get her away from French Court. And that they could leave, exiled together hopefully. The Queen demand he stopped to listen to her. She told her son Nostradamus's visions had changed. Even though he did not believe in them, Mary did. He could now change Mary's mind. Marie de Guise interrupted them both, informing Francis that she also thought Nostradamus’s predictions were silly. However, she wanted the young man with her daughter over the bastard Sebastian.
Mary walked into Catherine's room, furious. She demanded to know what she was doing, was it all just a game to her. Mary wanted to know if she was just doing this since she has so much to lose. Catherine insisted she was not, she would never put the lives of her children ahead of hers. She then walked over to her dresser and cut her wrist with a piece of broken glass. She told Mary she could either do nothing and let her die, a call for help. The choice was hers. She could believe her, or she could not. She would be the dead soon anyways if she did not choose Francis. Deciding Catherine was indeed telling the truth she went over to help stop the bleeding. A servant then entered Cathryn's chambers, not realizing the situation informed both Queens that King Henry had called for everyone to come to the throne room.
There her soon-to-be ex-husband told everyone the English Queen was dead. He now demanded Mary pick one of his sons to wed.
Queen Catherine entered Mary's chambers, informing her that The Vatican had made a decision on who would be France's next king. She said the decision was in the letter, and that though she knew Mary loved both men, she argued that she loved one more than the other. She handed Mary the letter and told her to open. When Mary did she breathed out a sigh of relief. It was an empty piece of paper, but they both knew who Mary had been thinking about.
Not long later Mary stood beside the Scottish Queen's mother waiting for their children to marry. She noted that the servant who brought news of the English Queen was now missing. They both knew Marie had tricked everyone. However neither seemed to care as now their children were getting married.
Catherine ends up in the infirmary after biting part of her cheek and leaving it on the dungeon ground. Mary visits her and informs her that Francis never wants to see her again, but Catherine responds by telling Mary that she led to all the tragedies that have happened. After hearing about the English offer to King Antoine about English support if he doesn't renounce the Bourbon claim to the French throne, Mary has Catherine released from the dungeon. Catherine threatens Nicholas - if he doesn't retract his offer to King Antoine, she would reveal her and Elizabeth's plan to ruin Mary and Elizabeth's relationship with Dudley. She visits Francis in his bedchamber and apologizes for not being the mother he wanted and promises to protect everyone, including Mary. It's revealed that she was the one who sent the information to Mary about the Spanish king looking for a wife. She encounters Lola and Narcisse after their wedding and wishes them "long and happy lives." She enters the throne room and seats herself on one of the thrones. (Extreme Measures)
After Francis' miraculous recovery, she's rearranging the furniture in his chambers and urges Francis to make heirs with Mary. Later Nostradamus tells her of a new prophecy he had regarding Francis' fate - a white flowering tree with petals all around and blood falling. She is alarmed and asks him to warn Francis but he reminds her that she is Francis' mother and that he'll probably listen to her. When she tries to warn Francis, he decides to brush it aside. Later Sebastian brings news of Francis' death and Catherine finds Mary besides Francis' body. She urges Mary away from his body and they hold each other. During the funeral, Nostradamus refuses to return to Court but tells her that she needs Mary in order to rule as France's regent. When Mary returns the crown of the Queen of France to her, she tells Mary she doesn't blame her for Francis' death because Francis made his own choices and his love for Mary made him happy. She tells Mary that she is strong and that she will have to remain strong. (In a Clearing)
- Catherine ordered the rape of an unconscious Queen Mary though Colin MacPhail. 
- Catherine orchestrated the deaths of 11 Italians,  12 Scotsman, Colin MacPhail  and Lady Aylee.  She also attempted to murder Lady Kenna,  and personally killed Diane de Poitiers. 
- When Catherine said secrets were best kept between one person it is possible she was talking about her experience while she was held captive in Italy. She didn't tell the girls but she was raped while a prisoner at 8 years old. It's unknown if she told Henry. 
- Catherine and Henry had sexual relations while they were estranged. 
- Revealed she gave birth to a daughter with Richard Delacroix, but left it to die in the woods. 
- Catherine convinced Henry to give her Château de Chenonceau in exchange for her help. 
- There is a picture of Pope Clement VII hanging in Catherine's chambers.
- Catherine has a great deal of information on the human anatomy, including multiple different ways on how to kill a person, with both weapons and poisons. Probably taught to her by Nostradamus.    
- Has her own Personal Bible with the names of all her children written in it. 
- Discovered her husband was poisoned by his personal Bible. 
- Killed Diane de Poitiers for the death of her twin daughters. 
- Revealed she knew her son, Francis, killed her husband after he went mad. 
- Tried to wipeout King Antoine'S entire family line, to ensure the reign of her sons. 
- Recently took a new lover in the castle's servant Christophe.  
- Sebastian attempted to kill her after finding out she'd killed his mother.  
- Megan Follows said that her favourite scenes to film in Season One were the episodes she was locked in the tower.   
- Directe her first episode on Reign, Bruises That Lie. 
- Her daughter, Lyla Porter-Follows guest-started in the episode she directed as Ellen Norwood.
- Catherine's full name was Caterina Maria Romula di Lorenzo de' Medici.
- Catherine's parents did die when she was a baby; however, it was from separate sicknesses.
- Pope Clement VII not only saved Catherine de' Medici from being held hostage and raped when she was a child, but prior to that, he had raised and housed her after the death of her parents and grandparent's when she was 4. He was also in attendance for her wedding.
- Mary, Queen of Scots' father, King James V inquired about a marriage to Catherine twice before she married the future King Henry II.
- She was considered a possible bride for Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII of England.
- King Francis I and Catherine were very close, and he actually preferred her over his own son, Prince Henry.
- King Francis I's cousin, Princess Madeleine, was the mother of his beloved daughter-in-law, Catherine.
- She was called the "Duchess of Urbino", but she was never officially given the title.
- Prince Henry and Catherine were married when they were both 14. At the time, Henry was Duke of Orleans and third-in-line next to his older brother, Duke Francis while Catherine was only a noble woman.
- Henry knew Diane de Poitiers prior to their marriage, and openly had an affair during the whole marriage.
- Catherine and Diane de Poitiers were cousins. Diane encouraged King Henry II to share Catherine's bed more often to produce children.
- Diane stayed with Catherine when she was sick with scarlet fever and helped nursed her back to health.
- Catherine and Henry had 10 children together, 7 of whom made it to adulthood.
- Henry allowed Catherine almost no political influence as Queen
- Accused of killing Queen Jeanne via poison before the marriage of their children in 1572.
- Catherine does receive Château de Chenonceau but not until after King Henry II's death in 1559.
- Throughout her time as Queen, and Queen Mother Catherine de' Medici enjoyed throwing banquettes so much, and creating such extravagant parties the Kingdom of France annually held Catherine de' Medici's court festivals. She did from 1547 to 1559 as Queen, and Queen Mother from 1559 until her death in 1589.
- She is alleged to have poisoned Jeanne d'Albret, the wife of King Antoine of Navarre.
- Her husband's illegitimate daughter Diane de France had her remains brought back to Paris for her.
Pages relating to Catherine de' Medici are the following:
• Queen Catherine
• History's Catherine de' Medici
• Catherine's Fashion Style
• Catherine and Francis • Catherine and Clarissa • Catherine and Sebastian
• Catherine & Henry • Catherine & Richard • Catherine & Christophe • Catherine & Narcisse
• Catherine and Mary • Catherine and Nostradamus • Catherine and Diane
• Catherine's Poisons • Catherine's Bible • Catherine's Room • Catherine's Kill Count
• The Flying Squad • House of Medici
• Megan Follows
|King:||Queen:||Catherine de' Medici (Reagent of France)|
|Heir:||Lands:||Kingdom of France|
|Title(s):||Catherine, Queen of France · Queen Dowager · Queen Mother|
|Ancestors:||Lorenzo de' Medici|
|Current members:||Francesca de' Medici · Pietro de' Medici · Roman de' Medici|
|Deceased members:||Pope Clement VII · Cortenza de' Medici|