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Post by Henry VIII on Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:10 pm

"That is nice. I am sure that you will make a perfect queen for France too Katherine. How are the marriage preparations coming along?
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:15 pm

She looks at him. Ask him father." She said to him softly looking at Henry.
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Post by Henry VIII on Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:23 pm

"Then i will indeed. Thank you for inviting myself and queen Anne to France
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:30 pm

She looks at him. Your my father." She said to him softly.
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Post by Henry VIII on Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:38 pm

"I know Katherine.
"How many months until your baby is due Katherine?"
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:19 am

She looks at him. Not until after the wedding." She said to him softly.
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Post by Henry VIII on Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:20 am

"I see a fine child it will be and you may even get Henry his heir if it is a fine son. I am proud of you Katherine
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:15 pm

She looks at him. Thank you father." She said to him softly.
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Post by Henry VIII on Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:22 pm

You are most welcome Katherine my dearest daughter
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:58 am

She looks at him. Father?" She asked him softly.
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Post by Henry VIII on Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:39 am

I look towards my daughter.
"What is it Katherine?
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:12 am

My maids bustle around my chambers, their eyes downcast.
A small smile graces my lips.
Last night when I returned to my chambers, I found one of my maids holding up one of my everyday dresses to her, looking in the mirror at herself.
When she saw my reflection , her face paled and she tried to stammer out an excuse.
As though I would want to hear it!
I had slapped her across her face three times and there was a perfect , purple imprint of my hand across her cheek.

I turned to one of the other maids.
"Make sure that this room is spotless before I return after breaking my fast or it shall be worse for you."
The maid, no0 more than 15, quickly bobbed . "Yes, my lady."

I looked in the mirror to check my appearance.
My dress was of the softest shade of lavender and I wore an amethyst necklace around my throat. My servant had curled my hair until the curls cascaded down my back.
I licked my lips .
I was ready to leave the rooms to join the King for the morning meal.
Soon,  I thought, I will be Queen and I will never want for power again.
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Post by Claude of France on Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:45 am

I sat my writing desk, reading the reports from Vincent >I had set him with the task of "watching" Catherine.

The Lady Catherine has beaten her handmaiden, Carlotta, with a hairbrush because she dared to wear a dress in the same shade as Lady Catherine was wearing.

The Lady Catherine has been heard screaming and belittling the chambermaids for not addressing as The Future Queen.

Three handmaidens have requested to be recalled back to Rome


And so on....

I closed my eyes.
Instead of welcoming a kind young  woman, it seems that we had welcomed a petty and vindictive harridan.

Of course, she could not marry my Lion.
She would never do as Queen.
Henry needed a Queen who would want to unite the Court with the people > someone like.....Katherine Tudor.

I rang the silver bell that sat upon my desk > A gift from the the Great Babur of India.
Vincent soon stood before me.
He bowed slightly.
"Yes, My Queen?," he asked in his deep baritone voice.
"Vincent, please inform the King that I need to see him. If he should be with Lady Catherine Medici, please wait until she is no longer with him. I wish to inform him of your findings."
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Post by Henry II of France on Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:18 am

I was in my chambers getting ready for the morning meal and trying to look my best for Katherine Tudor when my mother's man Vincent comes in informing me that she wishes to speak with me.

I nod to him and i follow him to my mother's chambers.

"You wanted to speak with me mother before the meal?
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Post by Claude of France on Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:57 am

I motioned to a chair and he sat down.
Vincent came to stand next to the desk, facing Henry.
I sat behind my writing desk and slid him the written report .
I watched as his eyes narrowed in disgust and anger as he read.

I clasped my hands together.
"Your Grace, as you have read, Catherine is not all she appears. Oh, yes, she has been abused but it also seems that she has been an abuser herself.  To her maids, to servant, and so forth."
I nodded my head slightly to Vincent.

"Your Majesty," He began in his deep voice. "I have questioned several of the Lady Catherine's maids and all of them have said that she is quite cruel and vindictive when she is angry or perceives some slight. She has slapped, pinched, and the like until there are bruises. Deep purple bruises. Just yesterday, the Master of the Horse said that he came upon her slapping Geoff, the stable boy."
Henry frowned. "And why would she do that?"
"Because SHE forgot her riding gloves. The Master was able to step in but young Geoff's ear was swollen and red from the blows."

"Henry," I began. " You are King. Your word is law. As your subject, I will follow your wishes."
I looked at him, tears in my eyes.
"But, as your mother, I beg you to rethink this marriage. A Queen should be loved by the people. She should be an asset to her King and to her country. I fear that should she learn of Katherine Tudor, she might seek vengeance on her. I would suggest allowing me to have Vincent as a shadow guard for Katherine Tudor until a time that you decide if you wish to go thru this marriage or to end the betrothal."

Henry gripped the papers in his hands. King though he was, Henry would not abide cruelness by the nobility.

" Katherine Tudor is not just lady at court. No matter what side of the blanket she was born on, she is still the daughter of Henry of England and he loves the girl. Should any harm or slight befall her, Henry WILL go to war over it."

I stood up.
"Also, perhaps it would be time to extend an invitation to Henry Fitzroy to visit England. Having her brother here will also be added protection for her. Until you make your decision, we must not let Catherine of Medici know that we are aware of actions. Remember, she was tutored by master poisoners in Rome. I would also suggest that you, discreetly , hire taste testers. I would rather be safe than sorry. However, you are the King and I shall follow your orders. "
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Post by Henry II of France on Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:44 pm

I listen carefully to my mother's words before speaking.

"This information about Catherine Medici is terrible.
How can i possibly marry a lady who abuses my courtiers and punishes her own ladies.

I look at Vincent.
"My lord Vincent my mother is right i would like you to shadow Katherine Tudor and protect her from Lady Medici.

"Mother i would like word to reach Catherine Medici about the lady Katherine Tudor and Vincent will protect her i am sure.

A master poisoner you say then at once i want the best tasters in France bought in at once and for Katherine Tudor as well for fear she might try and harm her.

An alliance with England would be far better as Henry like you say if fond of his daughter and we can assure of his help should this end in war with Rome.

I am not sure if you are aware mother but dear Katherine Tudor is with child as well so should i make her queen an heir would soon be born.
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Post by Claude of France on Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:53 am

I nodded.
"I had thought so. I also know that you care very deeply for her. As King, you are the law. However, you are also my son and I expect you to treat the young princess accordingly.
What about inviting young Fritzroy to France?
I want my future grandchild to be protected at all costs.
As far as letting Lady Catherine know about you and Henry's daughter, what do you suggest?"

"If I may, Your Grace, " Vincent interrupted.
Henry nodded his head slightly.
Vincent continued. "Lady Medici is a very sly and cunning lady. To let her maids be the ones to tell her might very lead to the lady severely hurting those maids. "

I thought about that. He was right.
"What do you suggest, Vincent ?"

"Just this : let her catch the King with the Lady Katherine. Nothing vulgar or sexual. When she sees them, she will, in all likelihood, lose her temper and say and do something that will give His Grace the perfect opportunity to end the betrothal. Of course, my men and the rest of the King's Guard will be there to whisk her away to her chambers until transport back to Rome can be readied."

I looked at Henry.
Vincent's plan was a sound one. We could make certain that Katherine was safe while releasing Henry from this damned betrothal.

It as his decision to make.
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Post by Henry II of France on Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:17 pm

I think for a moment as Vicent speaks then i speak.

"What a excellent plan Vicent what i would like you to do is have yourself and the royal guards placed around the gardens out of sight as i am just going to walk with Katherine in the gardens and i want lady Medici to see. You will have the guards lock her in her chambers whilst you Vicent will remain in garden ready to protect Katherine should things go differently.

I turn to mother.
"Lady mother i would be honoured if you could write to Lord Fitzroy and invite him to France for me.
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Post by Claude of France on Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:05 am

It was all in place.
I would be lying if I said that I didn't feel a tad guilty for purposely hurting Catherine but , as the reports verified, she was sly and vindictive.
She would, no doubt, attempt to harm Katherine by either deed or by passing vicious rumors.
And Katherine Tudor was the much beloved daughter of Henry of England.

Besides, I liked Katherine. She was kind and sweet and honest. She would be an asset to France where Catherine's temperament could split our treaties with our allies.
I wasn't afraid of the Pope and his reactions.
We would send his niece back to him, in tact. I would have guards surround her so that she wouldn't be able to catch Henry with a false claim of pregnancy.

As Henry and Vincent left my chambers, I pulled out paper and quill.

Dearest Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond,
On behalf of His Royal Majesty, Henry of France, France extends to you an invitation to visit our court at Versailles.
Please, bring as large a retinue as you like.
We look forward to your reply and to your visit as His Grace looks forward to your continued friendship.

Signed

Claude Of France, Dowager Queen of France
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Post by Henry II of France on Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:11 pm

I return later that evening to my mother's chambers.

"Dearest mother thank you for helping me and informing me about Catherine Medici.

Have you been able to write to Fitzroy mother?
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Post by Claude of France on Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:05 am

" Yes, " I answered. "I have written to him and have sent the letter on the next ship out of the harbor. Have you seen Lady Catherine?"
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:43 am

I paced the floors of my chambers, angry.
Supper had been a somber affair.
Henry all but ignored me despite my best attempts to engage him in conversation.
He even failed to mention the new silk gown I wore.
On top of that, he seemed to avoiding spending anytime with me alone.
After the meal, I asked, quite sweetly, if he would perhaps to play chess.
He looked at me with cold,green eyes and said, " If you will excuse, my lady, I have pressing business I must attend to."
And then he turned and walked away from me.

I'm losing his interest.
I know it.
But this marriage HAS to go thru!
I will NOT go back to Rome!

All it would take would be for The King to repudiate me and I would be on the next ship to Rome.

I must do something to make him marry me....

And that is when I knew...

I HAD to get him alone.
Seduce him.
Let him into my bed and then have him caught there.
The Queen would insist, nay, DEMAND that he marry me!

I pulled on the sash that rang the bell for my servants.

Isabeau was the first to arrive, her eyes downcast.
"Yes, milady?"

" I am ready to bed. Fetch my bedclothes and then ready to brush my hair."

As she passed by me to get to the wardrobe, I grabbed her by her arm, my nails digging into soft skin.
" If you pull my hair while brushing it, I will make sure that you lose every hair on your head."
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Post by Henry II of France on Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:19 pm

I smiled at mother.
"We shall welcome him to France.

As for the lady Catherine she was with me at dinner and i did my best mother to not mention anything.
She was getting very angry because i did not speak with her as i said i had important matters to attend to.

Mother i can't marry her i love Katherine Tudor.
I would like Vicent in position this afternoon for my walk with Katherine Tudor
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Post by Claude of France on Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:59 am

I knew that Henry could not marry Catherine.
She was too volatile, prone to extreme temper tantrums.

Katherine Tudor was the daughter of Henry of England and she had been raised as a princess even though she was a bastard.
Of course, it might prove sticky to release Henry from the betrothal of Catherine and to allow a bastard child to be Queen but it COULD be done.

" Your Grace, " I said. " Lady Catherine is not fit to be Queen. Reports of her actions and temper arrive daily. She will rule the people of France without compassion and that cannot be allowed."
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Post by Henry II of France on Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:18 am

"Mother you are right i do not have any feelings for Catherine Medici for i love Katherine Tudor and i am sure she will be a great queen for France.

I do not want to marry Catherine Medici and i also do not want war with Italy over this. What do you think would be best mother? Should i place her under house arrest? She cannot be queen for her temper.

I spoke with king Henry of England and he gave us his blessing to marry Katherine Tudor. Should we invite the English king and queen to France?
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