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Post by Claude of France on Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:34 pm

"We must be very careful with Lady Catherine. Should she learn that Katherine is to bear your child, I shudder to think what she would do. As far as going to war with Italy, we will not worry about that. England and the Lutheran countries of Germany and the Netherlands would welcome France with open arms and I doubt that the Pope will go to war over his niece."

I poured each of us a goblet of a wine from the Sultan of Persia and handed it to Henry.

" Although I despise the thought of Anne Of England here, we should invite them. Tomorrow morning, I want you to be with Katherine in the gardens. I shall have Lady Catherine walk with me and she can see you and your love. I will have Vincent make certain that there are guards everywhere. "

I placed my hand on his arm.
"Henry, Lady Catherine is , at best, just a vindictive and conniving young lady who will stop at nothing to get her way. But , she is quite capable of being more evil than that. You must take every care to keep Katherine safe."
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Post by Henry II of France on Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:52 pm

"You are right mother Catherine should not learn about the child for i fear she will try and poison Katherine Tudor.

Yes you are right England and Holland i am sure will aid France should we require it.

I shall walk with Katherine in the gardens in the morning but i do not want to the lady Medici anywhere near her and i trust Vicent will do his job accordingly.

Could you write to his majesty king Henry of England to France with his wife to.

We must not let Catherine get her way.
After tomorrow i would like Vicent to put her hands in chains and to cut off all of her contact with Italy as a lady of the French court came to me today hurt by lady Catherine and i will not have that in my court.
Can you inform Vicent mother of this?
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:59 am

I sat very still in front of my dressing table.
My body was still but my mind was churning.

The maid before was trembling in fear.

" Are you certain? ," I asked calmly.

"Y..yes, milady. I was told..by a maid to the Queen.."

I tried to remain calm but her words kept replaying in my mind.


No, it cannot be true.
I'm supposed to be Queen, with the handsome Henry as my husband!
I will be his Queen.
I will be the one to make France a force to be reckoned with .
I am the niece of His Holiness, the Pope!
My parents were so much in love that they died within a few weeks of each and their love was still spoken of today...!
I would be Queen

Who was Katherine Tudor?
Just a bastard child of a King who was excommunicated so he could marry his whore of a wife.

I must get Henry away from her!
But how?

I looked at the maid. " You will go and tell Sir Vincent that I must see him immediately."

The maid looked at me. "Sir Vincent?"

I brought my hand back and struck her across the face so hard, she crumbled to the ground.
"Did I stutter, you fool? Do as I command or it shall be worse for you."

She pulled herself up from the ground and quickly left the room.

I waited until the door closed shut and then I walked to the bed. Kneeling down beside it, I reached underneath and pulled out the mahogany box.

I opened the box and smiled when I saw all of the bottle, neatly marked with the contents.

I picked up the black bottle.
Time to reclaim my destiny...



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Post by Claude of France on Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:20 am

Greetings, King Henry of England,

As you are aware, our children have fallen in love and wish to marry, thereby uniting our kingdoms.
It is time to set aside petty differences and support them as the loving parents that we are.
It is the King's wish to invite you and your Queen to France. Please, bring as large a retinue as you require.

However, as you are also aware of,  King Henry is betrothed to Catherine Medici , niece of His Holiness the Pope.
To break the betrothal may cause tense feelings between the Vatican and France.
As a mother, I wish for my son to find happiness and love .
As a Queen, I know that our personal wishes and feelings are not always in the best interest of our country.
But,I feel as though, in this case, the marriage between my son and your beloved daughter will be the best interest of both our countries.
However, The King and I must know that ,should His Holiness wish to take sanctions against France, will England stand with us?

May God Bless and Protect You,
Claude, Dowager Queen of France  
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Post by Claude of France on Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:42 am

I sent the letter to Henry Tudor on the next ship heading to England.
A staunch Catholic all of my life, I was ready to stand with the Lutheran States in order to help my son.
I knew the Pope would take great offense when the betrothal with his niece would be set aside but Catherine would not be a good Queen for France.

If need be, I would offer Catherine marriage with the Duc Orleans.

I rang the silver bell and a make servant entered, bowing.
"Please have Sir Vincent come to my salon, please."

The servant said ," Sir Vincent received a message from Lady Catherine, asking him to attend her ."

In an instant, I felt dread.

I stood quickly.
" Send for the Kings-guard at once. Have them meet me in Lady Catherine's rooms."

The servant ran from the room.

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Post by Henry II of France on Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:49 am

I was walking to my mother's rooms when i see a servant carrying a letter.

I enter my mother's rooms.

"Mother i have just spent the most wonderful time with Katherine Tudor we are getting ready for our walk later.

Have Vicent be ready for tomorrow i am afraid i must go away for a day but i shall meet you on the coast to greet the English king and queen.

I left the letter on my mother's desk and head to the courtyard and mounted my horse and left with a small retinue
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:58 pm

Katherine walked down the hallway with her ladies in waiting her father sent her. They watched as the guards running pass them.
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Post by Henry II of France on Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:02 pm

I smile at Katherine.

"My love i have to go away for a day to Paris but when I return i will marry you and make you queen of France. We can walk in the garden later if you wish?
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:06 pm

She looks at him. What is with the guards?" She asked him softly.
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Post by Henry II of France on Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:12 pm

"I am not sure my love it is something to do with that Medici lady who threatened to hurt you from what i have been told. Come walk with me you will be safe with me
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:14 pm

She looks at him. As you wish." She said him softly. As she started to walk with him.
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Post by Henry II of France on Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:17 pm

"You get prettier every day my love and soon you shall be queen of England. Mother has invited your father and his queen to France as well to see you.
I am sorry i have to leave in the morning for a day my love"
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:36 pm

She blushes at him. May I ask why?" She asked him softly. As she took his hand.
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Post by Claude of France on Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:03 am

As I hurried down the halls that lead to Catherine's chambers, I stopped at looked at the Lieutenant of the Guard.

" You must find the King before he leaves. I want guards at every entrance and double the guards around Lady Katherine Tudor. The King should be walking with Lady Katherine. "
He took off running and I made my way to Catherine's door.
I rapped on the door.

Slowly, the door opened and the face of one of Catherine's maids appeared.
The girl's left eye was purple and the whites of her eye were blood red and there was a cut on her lip as well as scratches upon her cheek.
The girl appeared terrified and I smiled slightly to put her at ease.

" I am here to see Lady Catherine. child. Is she available?"
Before she could answer, she was pulled away as the door swung open.
Catherine grabbed my arm before my guards could respond and pulled into the room, bolting the door behind her.
My guards began banging on the door.
Catherine held a knife in her hand although it wasn't pointed at me.
"Tell them to leave or I'll make sure that Vincent dies," she said as she jerked her head to the left.
I looked.
Tied to a chair with his hands behind his back, was Vincent.
He, too, had marks and cuts on his face but his face was stoic.
How on Earth did Catherine manage to trap him.

Then,I saw her.
On the ground, her blue eyes staring unblinking, and her throat bore the marks of fingernails, as though someone had clawed at her throat.

Catherine saw me looking at the girl.
"Carlotta," she said. " A kind enough girl, I suppose, but I had to make sure that Vincent complied. So, I gave her her a goblet of wine with a drops of belladonna in it. Apparently, it burned going down as you can see my the marks on her neck. Poor thing suffered only a while. I told Vincent to sit or I would have a pretty little load of bread made and sent to you. Of course, it would have belladonna."

I looked at Vincent and I knew that only the threat of my welfare would stop him from snapping her neck.
I only had to buy time for the guards to , hopefully, reach Henry.
I lifted my chin and looked at Catherine.
"What is it that you want, Lady Catherine?"
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Post by Catherine of Medici on Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:18 am

"What is it that you want, Lady Catherine?

God, how cold her voice sounded as she looked at me as though I were a slug in the garden.
I smiled. "Why, Your Grace, I thought that I was your beloved daughter of your heart? Why,then, such the cold tone?"

Claude's eyes never wavered from mine although she did arch an eyebrow.
"Beloved daughter? How can you say that while an innocent lied dead on your floor by your own hand?
The Captain of the Kings Guard is bound to a chair.
Another one of your maids stands there battered and bloody!
Beloved daughter indeed!"

No, her tone, her coldness! I couldn't take that. She who had been so kind to me !
And now she stood there, disgust for me written on her face.

I tried to plead my case.
"You Grace, you know how much I love The King! It has been my only wish to become his wife and the mother of his children! Then, I was told that the bastard whore of Henry Tudor was trying to steal his affections away from me! The whole world knows that her father, that great Pretender, is the agent of Satan and that Katherine Tudor is just like her mother ! A whore for a king!"

I reached for her hand and brought it to my lips, blinking my eyes to bring the tears.
"You are the mother of my heart, Your Grace. I couldn't let Henry be deceived by the Tudor whore ! Granted, forcing Sir Vincent to a chair and the unfortunate death of Carlotta could have been handled differently...."

"COULD have?," Claude said icily. "Could have been handled differently? A young girl died a painful death all because of you! Had you but tried to wait until arrangements could be made, you could have been married to a Duke!"

"A duke?!." I yell. " I will be Queen! Why would I be a Duchess when I am to be Queen?!" I took the her hand that I was holding and bit it until I could taste the coppery blood in my mouth.

The Queen screamed and I released her hand. I could hear Vincent struggling against his bonds as I wiped my bloody mouth with the back of my hand.

" You will demand that Katherine Tudor be sent back to England at once. You will force Henry to marry me! I will be Queen!"

I pulled out the small black bottle from a pocket in my dress and showed it to the Queen while she tried to stop her hand from bleeding.

I showed her the bottle.
"This is called Tears of Misery. One drop will cause paralysis. Two drops will cause blood to seep from every orifice.
Three drops will melt your organs from the inside. If you don't have Katherine sent from France , I will force the entire bottle down the Vincent's throat. "

Claude looked over to Vincent. Oh, if he were to get loose from the bonds, he would kill me. Of course, as soon as Katherine was sent away, I would still kill Vincent as a way to keep Claude from telling my secret.

" And," I continued. "If you should say anything to anyone, there are ways to make sure that Tears of Misery can be used to bake a pretty loaf of bread. It's tasteless and odorless. Oh, it might be the next day or years from now but always remember that I will have my revenge if I am set aside for Henry Tudor's little whore."
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Post by Henry II of France on Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:45 am

I smile at Katherine.
"Your father and his wife will be coming to see you crowned as queen my love and when i have finally rid myself of the lady Medici we can marry" i say to her as i see guards coming towards me and i hold Katherine's hand.
"It appears Lady Medici wants to harm you Katherine please quickly go with these guards as they will protect you and i will stop lady Medici" i say kissing her softly
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Post by Henry II of France on Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:50 am

I had a little time before i left and now i had got Katherine to safety i went with the guards in vast numbers and burst down the doors to lady Medici's room.
"What the hell do you think you are doing? Trying to hurt Katherine and my friends and even my mother? You can forget about being queen after what you have done". Seize her" i say to the guards and vast numbers of guards go over and arrest Catherine Medici and then release Vincent and i see to my mother.
"Lady mother that wound looks nasty i shall have the physician look at it. You must forgive me mother as i must go to Paris for a day but i have doubled the guard on Katherine Tudor and at the Entrance she is safe. Whilst i am away promise you will protect her along with Vincent until my return and Henry and his queen are to arrive soon as well
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Post by Katherine Elizabeth Tudor on Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:52 pm

She looks at them. "I wish to lay down." She said to them softly. As she walked to her bedchambers.
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Post by Henry II of France on Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:24 pm

"Of course my love i understand let me escort you to your chambers to lay down. You may rest.
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Post by Claude of France on Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:23 am

I looked at Catherine as she struggled against the guards, screaming.
"I will be Queen! I shall kill that whore and Henry will marry me!," she screamed.
As the guards untied Vincent, I walked until I stood before Catherine.
Gone was the shy yet elegant Rose Of Rome.
In it's place was a harridan > her usually coifed hair in disarray, her face distorted with hate as spittle flew from her mouth.

She looked at me with hate-filled eyes.
"I will be Queen and I shall be a better Queen than you! And if Henry should EVER cheat on me, I will slice off his manhood and feed it to him!"

How it happened , I don't know, I drew back my arm and slapped her across her face.
Catherine was stunned into silence.
"If you EVER come near my son or threaten Katherine Tudor again, The Pope himself will never find enough of you to bury."

I turned to Vincent.
"Take this bitch to The Cells until she can be placed on the fastest ship back to Rome."

Catherine was now crying.

"Queen?" I sneered. "You aren't good enough to empty Katherine Tudor's chamber-pot. SHE will be Queen and you will soon be just a memory in France."
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Post by Henry II of France on Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:22 am

I later spoke with my mother.

"Mother tomorrow as you know i must leave for a day and thank you for helping with the Medici girl.

I would like it mother if you could close of any word of this reaching Rome as to not anger the Pope and i want her tortured just like she hurt Vincent.

Take her away to the Bastille if necessary and when you torture her please cover her eyes so she does not know of her whereabouts.

I do hope that her hands are tied at all times too.
This way i can assure that Katherine will be safe and make her my queen.

Can you do that for me mother?
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Post by Henry II of France on Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:22 pm

"No mother i have thought just keep her imprisoned here with her hands tied behind her back and make sure the guards feed her.

"I wish for her to remain imprisoned for as long as i see fit" is that okay mother?
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Post by Claude of France on Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:08 am

I nodded, holding my bandaged hand close to my chest. The wound was deep and painful. The Royal physician. Monsieur DuVall , assured me the wound would heal but that for the pain, he suggested milk of the poppy flower.

"I shall keep her in The Cells for the time being. But we must make sure that she hasn't set someone to harm Katherine. So far, she refuses to answer any questions. I'm concerned because for all we know, she may have poisoned many things that we have not yet found. I have ordered that the tasters be changed out every 72 hours and the kitchen is on strict orders that nothing leaves unless Vincent has approved it."

I looked at Henry.
"How is Katherine? Has Henry of England been informed of the danger Catherine threatened ?"
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Post by Henry II of France on Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:31 am

"Thank you mother for helping me.

"Katherine is safe in her chambers and there is double the guard around her now. Henry of England has been informed and he is furious. He and his wife are to arrive in France tomorrow could you greet them for me mother." I say kissing her softly.
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Post by Claude of France on Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:47 am

"Of course, my son. Nothing and no one shall ruin this wedding. I shall see to it personally."

As Henry left my salon, a page entered, bowing.

I smiled. "Yes?"

The page said, " An envoy from His Holiness the Pope is here and requests an audience. Your Grace."

I sat upon a chair behind my desk.
"Please show him in."

"Shall I have a maid bring refreshments, Your Grace?"

"No, I doubt that this will take long."

The page left the room and a short while later, he returned with an older man, dressed in Cardinal robes.
He bowed slightly, his hand with the large ring held out to me in order for me to kiss it.

I said nothing, just looked at him.
After a moment, he lowered his hand.
I indicated that he should sit in the chair which he did, carefully arranging his robes about him.

"Your Grace, I am Cardinal Benito Corleone, His Holiness' Envoy.
His Esteemed Holy Father has received word that his niece, the Lady Catherine, has been been kept as a prisoner by France as well as her betrothal to King Henry has been broken, without proper permission from the Pope. "

He smiled at me, as though I was an idiot.
A woman that wasn't smart enough to understand.

"In order not to distress with such news, I am more than happy to wait for His Grace so that we can clear up," he waved his hand airily," this misunderstanding and the marriage can move forward as planned. His Holiness does not wish to have ill will with France as his allies are sure to come to his aid."

I rang the silver bell and two guards appeared, one on each side of the man.

I arched an eyebrow.
"First, Cardinal Corleone, the Pope's niece is being held as she committed bodily harm upon a member of royal blood."
I held up my bandaged hand and his eyes grew wide.

"Second, the King of France does not answer to ANY man, royal or ordained. Therefore, he does not seek nor need permission for anything."

I stood up and the guards grabbed him by each arm, forcing him to stand.

"Third, after the Lady Catherine has answered to her charges of assault as well as threats against His Grace, then and ONLY then, shall she be sent back to Rome."

I walked towards the door, the guards forcing the cardinal to follow. I opened the door and turned to look at him.

"And ,finally, should Rome decide to call upon their allies in order to try to force France, this entire country as well as all of her allies and territories shall align themselves with the Lutheran States as well as England."

"My good lady....," he sputtered.

"I am the Dowager Queen of France. You are nothing more than a Cardinal that , no doubt, bribed his way to that lovely hat you wear. Never, and I need to say the word again, never again attempt to threaten France or you shall find yourself in the cell next to Lady Catherine. Now, I suggest you retire to the chambers provided to you until His Grace's leisure."

With a quick nod of my head, the guards all bu dragged him from the salon.

I closed the door and then leaned against it while I smiled
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