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Post by Catherine of Medici on Tue May 15, 2018 4:15 am

It's a magnificent mare >Purest white with a dark gray mane and tail.
"How did he know that I enjoyed riding?," I thought.

He lifted me in his arms , as thought I was lighter than a feather, and placed me upon my side saddle.
" I have brought many gifts for you and your mother. " I nod to my servant, Juan. " My man will make sure that my belongings as well as the gifts will follow us in the wagon. My uncle, His Holiness, has also enclosed a letter for your Lady Mother. "

Henry looks up at me , a smile upon his handsome face.
I smile, uncertain.
"Why are you smiling at me , Your Majesty? Have I said something wrong? "
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Post by Henry II of France on Tue May 15, 2018 7:16 am

"You have said nothing wrong my dear i am just smiling at how beautiful you are.
The gifts will be delightful i am sure.
I do hope you like court when we arrive my lady
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Post by Claude of France on Wed May 16, 2018 3:16 am

Sitting at my desk, I open the letter that arrived three days ago.
It was from the Pope .
The girl hasn't even stepped foot into the palace and the Pope already sent me a letter.

My Dearest Daughter In Christ, Queen Claude,
I am sending you this letter of instructions regarding Catherine.
As I am sure you know, I have made certain that Catherine has been brought up as a young lady befitting her station.

Should Henry Tudor and his Whore wish to attend the wedding or meet her, this will be denied.
Catherine should be abed no later than the seven stokes of the clock.
Catherine shall attend the Holy Mass twice daily as well as confession.
She shall only read the books that have been sent with her.
Should she , for whatever reason, act against my wishes, her confessor, Father Suarez , shall administer no more than five lashes.
No one shall be at court who is not a catholic in good standing with the Church.
Any and all gifts for Catherine shall be sent directly to Rome.
I shall expect a full audit of gifts and their values as soon as possible.
Catherine shall not be alone with His Majesty or any man unless three of her ladies are present.

May the Lord Bless You,
You Earthly Father,

Pope Clement VII


I roll my eyes and toss the letter aside.
Pope though he may be, this was France and Henry was King, not Clement.
I also know how Catherine was used as a pawn by His Holiness and it is rumored that he was not above ordering her to be beaten.
Poor motherless child.
She shall be MY child and she will never know what is it to be unloved or unwanted.

I hear the trumpets blaring and I know that Henry and Catherine are approaching.
I rise from my chair and leave the room.
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Post by Henry II of France on Wed May 16, 2018 7:20 am

As we approach the palace i see my mother waiting for us.
"My lady Catherine welcome to my glorious palace of Versailles i do hope you like it.
I then speak to my mother.
"Lady mother this is the beautiful princess Catherine Medici and she is most grateful for your letter to Pope Clement.
"Please come inside my lady and let us all settle down and eat"
I nod to the guards to bring Catherine's things in with care.
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Post by Claude of France on Sun May 20, 2018 12:34 am

I look at the Lady Catherine : although not a conventional beauty, she is not ugly.
Her hair is the most lovely shade of copper and gold and her eyes are the prettiest shade of soft blue.
I can see that she is nervous .
Poor child !
To have lost her parents before a month old and then to be surrounded by those sharks of the Vatican.

I smile at her.
" A most happy welcome, my dear," I say happily. " We have long waited to see the jewel of Italy. From this day forward, you shall be my daughter.  I do not hope to take the place of your mother but I pray that you come to see me as a mother figure. Only ask for it, little one, and we shall make it so. "

I see the look in her eyes and I can see the indecision. No doubt, Clement has given the same ridiculous instructions.
I hold open my arms to her.
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Sun May 20, 2018 12:41 am

Queen Claude has ruled over one of the most powerful countries in the world.
She has raised the bravest and most handsome of sons to be King of this land.
They say that she is graceful, kind but stern,gentle but strong.
For a moment , I think that I have traded one jailer for another and that this is just going to be another prison where I shall be treated as an afterthought, another burden.

Then, Queen Claude says, " " A most happy welcome, my dear. We have long waited to see the jewel of Italy.
From this day forward, you shall be my daughter.  I do not hope to take the place of your mother but I pray that you come to see me as a mother figure. Only ask for it, little one, and we shall make it so. "

For a second, I do not think that I can believe her.

Then, she smiles at me and hold open her arms.
I rush into them and I feel her arms wrap around me while I inhale the  scent of her tulip perfume.

I close my eyes and think....

"I'm home."
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Post by Henry II of France on Sun May 20, 2018 7:18 am

As i arrived back home to my palace with Catherine i saw my mother by the steps waiting for us and i go over and hug her.

"Lady mother i am glad that Catherine is here and she will always be welcome here in France.

I hear my mother talking to Catherine then i speak with the princess.
"Dear Catherine you can always be happy here in France and you are now free from your prison of Italy and free here in France. My mother is very kind and as she said will accept you.
You are so beautiful Catherine.

I go over and kiss her softly
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Wed May 30, 2018 6:33 am

The King's lips brush against my cheek and I hear my confessor, Father Suarez, cough to get attention.
"Pardon, Your Majesty, " he says. " I am Father Eduardo Suarez and I have been sent by His Holiness as Lady Catherine's confessor and chaperone."
His hard, beady black eyes are cold and he barely bows to the King.

I know that he has been sent as a spy and as my jailer.
During the entire voyage, he spent hours telling me what was expected of me and the exact details of the rules that I must abide by or I shall ,again, be whipped by the priest.
It is no secret that he has tried to persuade my uncle to have me marry a prince of Spain, his homeland.

I hate him.
He continues to look at Henry as though The King of France is beneath him and I feel shame flood by body at the rudeness that is being shown.

For a moment, I expect Henry to say, " No, she won't do. " and send me away.

Then, Henry pulls me closer to him, his green eyes looking at the priest so hard that Suarez has no choice but to lower his gaze.
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Post by Henry II of France on Wed May 30, 2018 6:56 am

After kissing the young Catherine i then look to Father Suarez.
"My lord lady Catherine will be fine here by my side.
Now my lord confessor please leave us
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Post by Claude of France on Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:18 am

The priest positively looks apoplectic, his face flushed with anger.
I know that he wants to protest but Henry of France is a strong King.

I motion to our steward who steps forward.
"Please, escort the good father to his room and see to it his bags are brought to the room."

I turn to the priest.
"I am sure that you wish to rest before our evening meal, Father. We have prepared quite the feast for our Catherine." I stress the word "our" so he knows where he stands.

He gives the barest of bows, his eyes glaring at Catherine with such intensity, I see Henry hold her closer to him.

I smile at her and walk inside.
"Well, that's enough of THAT little Spanish toad, " I say, leading them to my personal salon.

Catherine laughs softly. " I am so sorry that he was rude to you both. I begged His Holiness to send someone else but he refused. " She motioned for one of her servants to follow with a beautiful inlaid box.

My steward had returned to inform me that the priest had been shown his rooms.
" Please show Lady Catherine's servants where her chambers are and make sure the baggage is to follow. Then, please inform Cook that the servants will be needing food and shown where the baths are."

The steward left, the servant girls following him.

The one servant placed the box on a table that was a gift to me from the King of Greece.
Catherine dismissed the servant and turn to us with bright eyes.
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:16 am

With Henry and the Queen seated, I open up the box.

They both looked at me in confusion.

"They are eating utensils, " I hurriedly explained, taking one out of the box to show them.
"While everyone uses spoons and knives, not everyone has this. "|

Henry smiled. " A trident?"

I shook my head.
"It is called a "fork". It is so much better at spearing small pieces of food than a knife."

The Queen lifted another out of the box. The handles were made from of solid gold and encrusted with emerald while the metal part was made of pure silver.

"Where did you get these," she asked.

I lowered my eyes.
" Suleiman the Magnificent gifted them to my father and he presented them to my mother on their wedding day. It is my gift to your Graces for the kindness I have been shown. "

It hadn't been easy hiding them from the spies of Rome > my uncle would have confiscated them and melted them down.

I look up at them, lifting my chin higher.
" I know that I am unworthy of being the wife of the King and I know that His Holiness has promised my dowry .  But this," I indicated to the forks. " This is my gift to my future husband. It may not be worth all the riches in the world but it is very dear to me. "
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Post by Henry II of France on Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:10 am

I look towards Catherine following her words.

"They are a truly stunning gift my lady and i and my mother are most grateful that you have bought them to us."
I nod to the servant and he takes them to the kitchen.
"My dear Catherine you do not have to worry about your uncle for here in France i set the laws and he cannot keep controlling you.
"I do hope that the chambers i have arranged for you are to your liking Catherine for they are the royal guest chambers and you deserve them.

I then turn to my mother.
"Lady mother i did not like that attitude of Catherine's uncle and i do not trust him. I was wondering mother wether you could assign a man to watch him as i trust your men and i will be busy with court. Can you do this mother?"
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Post by Claude of France on Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:41 am

I nod to my son.

" The Pope is quite powerful. However, it wasn't that long ago he was the prisoner of the Holy Roman Emperor.
So,he is not untouchable. I,too, do not care for his treatment or the tone of his words in his letters. I shall send    my best man from my personal guards to see to it. We shall know every move he makes. I shall also have someone watch Father Suarez. Priest though he may be, I do not trust him."

Catherine looked worried. " Oh, please," she implored. " I do not mean to cause trouble. Father Suarez will report everything to my uncle and then he will have Father Suarez carry out my punishment."

Henry looked at me, anger in his eyes.
I take Catherine's small hand in mine.
"I know not what punishments you endured in Rome, but this France. Our King does not take his leadership from Rome. You are safe here, little one," I say gently.

I turned and walked from the room.
At the doors to my bedchambers, I tell the captain of the guard to send for Vincent, my personal body guard.

I entered my room and sat at my writing desk to await him.
As usual, Vincent arrived.
He bowed to me and rasped, " You sent for me ,my Queen?"

I looked at him.
He stood over seven feet tall, with broad shoulders and thickly muscled arms and legs. His copper colored hair hung straight as an arrow past his shoulders.
One of his huge hands rested on the hilt of his sword , Widow-maker.
He was not handsome. A large jagged scar ran from his left eyebrow down to his cheek and his arms were also marked with numerous scars from daggers and swords.
A man with such a description would cause fear in most people.
But, it was his eyes that truly caused terror.
They were a deep, cold grey> the color of a churning sea and it was rare, if ever, those eyes showed warmth or compassion.

I smiled at him.
" Yes,Vincent, I did . As you know, the Lady Catherine has joined us for the time being. Her uncle, the Pope. has also sent a Father Suarez as her confessor and guardian. I will tell you know that I do not like nor trust him. I want you to watch him. Any correspondence he sends or receives should be confiscated , copied, and then given to him. The King and I want to make sure that he never alone with Catherine. And any threats he gives are to be reported immediately to the King and myself. I shall be sending Gaspard to Rome to keep an eye on the Pope. I trust him not."

Vincent said, in his deep rasping voice, " If the priest shall insist on being alone with her or in punishing her?"

" Should that happen, I give you leave to....remove him from the area and escort him to his chambers."


I help it up to the lit candle on the desk, setting it on fire. Once the flames caught, I dropped it into a bowl.

"This is what France thinks of your rules, Clement, " I said to the empty room.
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:08 am

Henry leads me to a bedchambers door.
With a knowing smile, he throws open the door and I walk inside.

The walls were covered dark,forest green tapestries , embroidered with scenes of of rose gardens.
The four poster bed and the curtains surrounding where the same dark green  > the bed was larger than my chamber in Rome.
The writing desk and  several chest were of the darkest mahogany .
Upon the desk were stacks of papers, quills, and salt.
Large opened windows allowed a gentle breeze to come in and the fireplace was made of marble.

In a corner sat a huge brass tub and on the table near it, several bottles of soaps and shampoos and bathing oils.
There was also a vanity with a large polished mirror while a another nearby table laden with solid silver hairbrushes, combs, and powders.

Next to the window was an easel with paints and charcoals on the shelf next to it.
"How did he know that I liked to draw and paint?," I thought to myself

I stood there, staring like the unrefined oaf Clement called me many times.

"Do you like your room, Catherine?," he asked.

I will never know what possessed me that day to act upon my feelings.
I threw my arms around his shoulders and hugged him close, no doubt scenting his clothes with the white rose perfume I wore.

" Like it?, " I asked incredulously . "Oh, my King, I love it !"
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Post by Henry II of France on Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:00 am

"I qm pleased you like them Catherine i had them prepared especially for your arrival and here in France you do not have to worry about any one controlling.
Here mother and i try have tried to create a unified France and you will make a superb queen for France."
I kiss her softly
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