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1519, Apr 131589, Jan 5
an Italian noblewoman who was Queen of France from 1547 until 1559, as the wife of King Henry II. As the mother of three sons who became kings of France during her lifetime, she had extensive, if at times varying, influence in the political life of France. For a time, she ruled France as its regent.
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06/14/1565-Catherine de' Medici and Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva, discuss Calvinism 
10/15/1581-Commissioned by Catherine de' Medici, the first ballet Ballet Comique de la Reine is staged in Paris
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