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Post by Catherine of Medici on Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:55 pm

As I walked along the halls of the castle , my heart felt lighter than it had before.
Announcements had been sent out to all the courts and wedding preparations were underway.

My only complaint is that Henry was very busy and could not be with me as much as I would have liked.

As I walked the halls , people were beginning to whisper .
And judging from the looks on their faces, I knew the whispers were not friendly or kind.

As I passed by, I could hear a few words here and there.

" She doesn't know..."
"He is mad for her and doesn't care about the rest of the world.."
" She even defies her Father ..."
" But she is very beautiful and would make a splendid wife and ..."

Poor soul, I thought. It sounds as though a young lady of the court is being played for a fool by her intended,,,,
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Post by Henry II of France on Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:02 am

I was walking down the corridor when i see Catherine.
"Catherine is everything okay?
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:46 am

I smile gaily at Henry, giving him a curtsy.
"Everything is perfectly fine, Your Majesty. I was just hearing bits of gossip about a poor lady who's betrothed is apparently playing the lady false."
I place my hand on his arm.
"I have no fear of THAT happening to me, do I? Your Majesty will be as faithful to our love as long as we live."
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Post by Claude of France on Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:23 am

I sat at my desk........

The reports sent to me by my spies in Rome were most disturbing.

Reports of Catherine not only being abused but also of HER abusing her servants and staffs.
Whippings, tantrums, and more.

She even had been tutored in the art of poisons!
I didn't think that she was a false person but after reading the reports, I knew her to be insecure and vindictive.

I also knew from my spies here at the French Court that Henry was still involved with Henry  VIII's daughter > A sweet and kind girl.

I knew I must warn Henry because who knew what would happen if Catherine found out about his mistress ??
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Post by Henry II of France on Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:20 am

I listen to Catherine's​ words and she had a sweet voice and i listened to what she said.
"Such rumours can only be false and you need not worry" i say to her as i leave the room to go and see my mother.
I enter her chambers.
"Mother you wanted to see me about something?
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Post by Claude of France on Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:49 am

I motioned for him to sit.

I indicated to my servant to pour him a goblet of the wine sent to me by Suleiman > a sweet wine made from dates.

" As you know, I have had my spies to get me full reports on Catherine. Granted, I believed her to be abused by the Pope and we have seen that to be true. But.."
I paused, trying to find the words.

"But what, Marman?," Henry asked.

I motioned for my servant to leave us. Once she had left, closing the door behind her, I braced myself.

"Henry, it has been verified that Catherine has, for lack of a better word,been quite vindictive to others. Several of her servants have left her due to the physical and mental abuse she gave them. "
I handed him the reports and he read thru them.
" She has even been tutored by Signor Soprano in the art of poison," I continued.
Henry quickly looked at me, surprised.

" She has studied the different poisons and the effects they would have one people.  Perhaps not death but the ones that caused physical illness. Once, a servant was thought to be prettier than she and she had the girl disfigured by having a poison thrown on  her face. The girl lived but her looks gone. It is said that the poor thing was so despondent that she took her own life."

Henry narrowed his eyes.

"It is not easy for me to say this but I know that Katherine is still your mistress and is with child. YOUR child. And once Catherine finds out about the babe, I shudder as to what she might do. No matter if the child is born in wedlock, it is still my grandchild and I will not tolerate any threats to the babe or it's mother."

Henry downed his wine . I could see the wheels turning in his head as he processed what I had just said.

"Henry," I continued. " I believe that a marriage to Catherine would be ill-advised. While she seems a sweet and biddable lass, I fear that there is a black heart within her."
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Post by Henry II of France on Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:31 pm

I hear my mother's words and listen intently.
Then i compose myself.
"Catherine seems so kind yet inside you may be right there is a black heart.
Mother i would like her rooms searched for evidence of poison and please would you help to protect my mistress as i do not want Catherine finding out about her.
Mother if this marriage was ill-advised whom do you think would be a better match?
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Post by Claude of France on Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:19 pm

I nodded.
" I shall have her rooms searched while she is out in the gardens. I will Vincent be Katherine's bodyguard since Catherine no longer needs him now that Suarez is safe in The Cells."
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:04 am

I enjoyed the gardens so I decided to take my morning walk in them.
I was not the only one who decided to enjoy the beautiful flowers and sunshine since there were several people walking around.

There were many pretty ladies about, smiling at the young nobles of the court while under the watchful eyes of their chaperones.

But then I saw one lady who sat, alone, on nearby bench. In her hands, she held a book and seemed to be engrossed in the reading it.
To say that she was beautiful would not be true.
Her blonde hair shone like spun gone beneath the warm sun of France and she wore an understated but still beautiful gown of grey and white. Several young nobles approached her bench, no doubt offering inane compliments and the like but the lady merely smiled and shook her head.

As I approached the bench, she lifted her head.
Her eyes were as blue as the sky and they were framed with thick lashes.
Her smile was warm and friendly.

"What a beautiful young lady," I thought. " I must ask the Queen if she can be one of my ladies in waiting..."
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Post by Henry II of France on Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:30 am

I went to see my mother in her rooms after a council meeting.
"Mother did your men find anything in Catherine's chambers about the suspicions of poison?
"My dear Katherine of England is in the gardens too. I will see her as these matters that are happening are distressing me she is good company.
"Should lady Catherine e Medici ask for me i do not wish to speak to her but i would like you to inform her that i am busy with court matters"
"Vincent is the perfect bodyguard after all i want her as my queen
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:08 pm

Katherine Elizabeth walked to her bedchamber to lay down.
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Post by Henry II of France on Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:23 pm

I had gone to see Katherine in her chambers.
I knock as i entered.
"Katherine my love i have something i wish to ask you. Would you consider being my queen?"
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:29 pm

She looks at him."What did my father say?" She asked to him softly looking at him.
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Post by Henry II of France on Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:36 pm

I wrote to him a few days ago and in reply he said to me whatever makes you happy Katherine"
I show her his letter
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:28 pm

She looks at him after she read the letter."Yes." She said to him softly looking at him.
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Post by Henry II of France on Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:24 am

"That is wonderful i shall have preparations made for the wedding begun at once
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:10 pm

She looks at him."That would be nice." She said to him softly looking at him.
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Post by Henry II of France on Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:38 pm

"You can accompany me to see my mother too as well if you want to bring her the news.
We can make preparations together if you wish.
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:51 pm

She looks at him."Your mother." She said to him softly looking at him.
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Post by Henry II of France on Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:20 am

"Yes Katherine unless you do not want to. I just thought that my mother Claude should meet the lady i am to marry. Wether she approves or not i have made my decision to marry you.
Are you looking forward to becoming queen of France?
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