Marie de Médici (1575-1642) (1610 Frans Pourbus), daughter of Francesco I de Medici and Joanna of Austria, married Henri IV in 1600. In spite of Henri's infidelity, Marie gave birth to six children and became Regent to Louis XIII after Henri's 1610 death. Her political intriguing caused her to be exiled from court from 1618-1621, and exiled from France from 1630 until her death. Alleged to have been behind Henri IV's assassination, she pitted her sons Gaston and Louis XIII against each…
Portrait of the Young Maria de' Medici, Santi di Tito (Italian, 1536-1603) ~ Santi di Tito was one of the most influential and leading Italian painters of the proto-Baroque style – what is sometimes referred to as "Counter-Maniera" or Counter-Mannerism.
medici family tree |Leonora di Toledo Medici. Daughter of Don Garzia di Toledo of Spain, brought up in the Medici household in Florence, then married to Pietro Medici. Murdered by her husband for infidelity. Pietro's sister was Isabella De Medici - this portrait is often mistaken for Isabella. See my pin "Murder of a Medici Princess" for their fascinating story.
Thesis-1: Politiques are people like Henry IV and Elizabeth I because they were both religiously tolerant and good to their citizens. Philip II was not like Henry and Elizabeth because he tried to make everyone Catholic.